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Israeli Soldiers Denounce Massacre of Civilians in Gaza

Jun 8, 2015

An organization of Israeli vets called Breaking the Silence recently published written and video testimonies from 60 soldiers who took part in last summer’s Operation “Protective Edge” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Their testimonials point to a policy of the Israeli hierarchy that encouraged the massacre of Palestinian civilians. One reported, “The battalion commander gathered us for a briefing: There’s an imaginary circle 200 meters around our forces. If you see anything inside that circle, you have the right to shoot.” The soldier said, “I was the only one who found that odd.” Another soldier said, “The instructions were very clear. Anyone you see with your own eyes in this sector, pull the trigger. Shoot to kill.”

Another soldier mentioned a murderous game soldiers played, shooting at anyone in a vehicle, with their commander telling them, “Make me proud.”

The soldier mentioned a bicyclist. He shot this bicyclist, and the others all laughed. “This is an episode of which I’m ashamed.... I aimed at civilian targets, sometimes just for fun.”

Some 2200 Palestinians are known to have died during Operation “Protective Edge,” of whom at least 1,500 were civilians, according to UN figures.

These testimonials from Israeli soldiers confirm that the massacre was deliberate.