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Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian boy

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Sickening report by Ethan Bronner in the NY Times:

An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers on Sunday of using a 9-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield by forcing him to check bags for explosives in Israel’s 2008-9 Gaza war.

The court said that the two soldiers, both infantry sergeants, had taken part in an operation to seize an apartment building in Tel al-Hawa, a southern suburb of Gaza City, while under attack from Hamas fighters.

A summary of the court’s judgment provided by the military spokesman’s office said the two had rounded up civilians and come upon bags in a bathroom. They grabbed the child and ordered him to check the bags for booby traps.

“The boy, who feared for his fate and was pressured by the situation, wet his pants,” the judges said, pointedly noting that, “unlike the soldiers, the boy had no means of personal protection.”

After the boy emptied the contents of one bag and had trouble opening a second, one of the soldiers shot at the second bag. The boy was returned, terrified but unharmed, to his family.

Sunday’s convictions, which could carry prison terms, are the first serious ones in Israel’s criminal investigations into the conduct of its soldiers during the three-week Gaza invasion aimed at stopping rocket fire at Israeli communities. The army says it looked into 48 cases, and a third of them are still in progress.

In July, the army indicted several officers and soldiers for actions during the offensive, including a staff sergeant accused of deliberately shooting at least one Palestinian civilian who was walking with a group of people waving a white flag.

But human rights groups say that the military’s criminal proceedings are insufficient and that Israeli troops carried out a number of atrocities that require outside investigation…

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Written by Leisureguy

9 October 2010 at 8:48 am

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  1. Well clearly the acts of two soldiers is an indictment of all Israel and all Jews everywhere, right? Am I right? Yeah. Dirty Jooz, right Leisureguy?

    By the way, look who else has been bought and paid for by the Anti-AGW, Inc.

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/reasonmclucus/reasonmclucus/15835660/professor-emiritus-hal-lewis-resigns-from-american-physical-society/

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    gorgo

    9 October 2010 at 11:38 am

  2. My gosh, gorgo, you take a very extreme view. Most sane people would see immediately that the actions of the two soldiers is by no means an indictment of all Israel and all Jews (and all soldiers and all males) everywhere. I tend to blog for adults, who are capable of dealing with facts and with nuance. Maybe this blog is over your head and you’d be happier with a more simplistic blog.

    I find your remark about “dirty Jews” offensive in the extreme, including the idiot spelling you use (though it does fit the tenor of your comment).

    Apparently you were not disturbed by the report. Most Israelis found it highly disturbing.

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    LeisureGuy

    9 October 2010 at 1:58 pm

  3. The link refers to an article on global warming, totally irrelevant to this post.

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    LeisureGuy

    9 October 2010 at 2:00 pm

  4. You did note that an Israeli court convicted the two soldiers, didn’t you? That indicates to me that most Israelis view this pretty much as I do. And they didn’t feel that in convicting those soldiers that they were convicting themselves or taking any action whatsoever against Jews: just against what the soldiers did.

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    LeisureGuy

    9 October 2010 at 2:34 pm

  5. Gorgo, you might want also to send your objections to the story to Ethan Bronner of the New York Times, who wrote the article. I’m sure he will be interested in your views on “dirty Jews.”

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    LeisureGuy

    9 October 2010 at 2:46 pm


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