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May 11, 2015

Israeli soldier testimony: ‘Most of our shooting was random… we didn’t think about civilian casualties’ – video

In July 2014, Israel launched a major ground offensive into the Gaza strip in response to rockets being fired by Palestinian militants and to destroy a network of tunnels used by Hamas and other factions. By the time they left some 2,200 Palestinians had been killed, including a significant number of civilians. Now, for the first time, Israeli soldiers have described the orders they received for fighting in civilian areas – orders that treated any Palestinian as a threat. Among those who have spoken out is a 22-year-old sergeant who served in a tank continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

Israeli veterans say permissive rules of engagement fueled Gaza carnage

The soldiers described reducing Gaza neighborhoods to sand, firing artillery at random houses to avenge fallen comrades, shooting at innocent civilians because they were bored and watching armed drones attack a pair of women talking on cellphones because they were assumed to be Hamas scouts. continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

‘From what we knew, that area was supposedly devoid of civilians’: The testimonies of Israeli soldiers provided to Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence claims that many of these deaths were preventable, and were the result of Israeli military policies, which, “led to massive and unprecedented harm to the population and the civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.” continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

The Day After

by NEVE GORDON in London Review of Books
As the troops prepared to enter Gaza, artillery and intelligence officers determined which targets should be eliminated before the ground invasion: tall buildings overlooking the incursion route, for example, and places from which rockets had been launched at Israel. One soldier describes a high-ranking officer looking at an aerial photo on which targets had been circled, and then pointing at several other Palestinian houses and instructing the artillery officer to eliminate them too. continue reading ›
May 10, 2015

How I became involved with Breaking the Silence

by AVIHAI STOLLAR in +972 mag
When I ran into an old classmate who suggested that I testify, I told him I had nothing to tell. He insisted, and only then I realized how wrong I was. continue reading ›
May 10, 2015

Chronicle of a tragedy foretold in Gaza

by IDO EVEN PAZ in +972 mag
If there’s one takeaway from the newly published Breaking the Silence report, it’s that the IDF is most certainly not the most moral army in the world. continue reading ›
May 7, 2015

‘You cannot fire a mortar and target your enemy precisely – I can say that with confidence’

by ITAY REZNIK in The Journal
As long as we do not demand that our leaders stop using weapons whose use is almost guaranteed to harm an innocent population, we – each and every one of us – will continue to bear the responsibly for the killing of civilians. Including the next time this kind of weaponry is used in the Gaza Strip. continue reading ›
May 7, 2015

We cannot allow the soldiers to bear Israel’s shame alone

by NADAV BIGELMAN in I24news
We cannot allow the soldiers who realized they were sent to Gaza to fire indiscriminately at civilian neighborhoods, to bear the shame of the IDF’s behavior alone. continue reading ›
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