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Press on Gaza

July 8, 2015

Fmr. Israeli soldiers criticize tactics used in Gaza War

Watch this interview with Avner Gvaryahu, our former head of public outreach, in CNN as we mark one year since Operation Protective Edge. Avner explains how although Israel must protect itself, it must also ask questions about HOW this is done and to make sure that we don't cross our own red lines in the process. continue reading ›
May 26, 2015

Conflict in Gaza is all part of Israel’s indirect system of control over Palestinians

by YEHUDA SHAUL in New Statesman
2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region. continue reading ›
May 20, 2015

Post Mortem on Gaza

The extent to which these Israeli policies contributed to the high civilian death toll is unknown. But until Israel gets serious about its own investigations, more unnecessary civilian casualties can be expected in the future. Getting to the truth should not be left to soldiers willing to break the silence. continue reading ›
May 17, 2015

The IDF Is Not Living Up To Its Code Of Ethics

by DANA GOLAN in The Jewish Week
Everyone who cares about our path and who refuses to accept tired declarations like, “We had no choice,” as an excuse for the loss of values, must rise up and protest. It is our moral duty to redraw the red lines of the army that operates in our name, and in doing so, uphold the character and values of Israeli society. continue reading ›
May 13, 2015

Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

More than 60 Israeli soldiers who took part in last summer's war in Gaza have offered firsthand combat stories. Many said they felt their orders went too far, leading to indiscriminate fire and Palestinian civilian deaths. continue reading ›
May 13, 2015

Israeli soldiers tell of ‘abuses’ in Gaza war

In one account, a sergeant said he was told to shoot anyone he saw, because “there aren’t supposed to be any civilians here”. Another said: “The rules of engagement for soldiers advancing on the ground were: open fire, open fire everywhere.” continue reading ›
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 ›
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