An organization of Israeli soldiers, Breaking the Silence, has released a damning report containing testimonies from more than 60 Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officers and soldiers who served during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, launched by Israel on July 8, 2014, against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Thanks to IDF’s policy of indiscriminate fire, the soldiers, who were told “If you shoot someone in Gaza, it’s cool, no big deal,” reduced Gaza neighborhoods to sand, fired artillery to avenge fallen comrades, and shot at innocent civilians out of boredom.
Here’s what some of the soldiers, who ‘lost their sense of morality’, revealed:
Staff Sergeant, Infantry, Northern Gaza Strip:
“There were no rules of engagement. If you see anyone in that area, that person is a terrorist. In this context, it was simple. They told us they have intelligence that there are practically no civilians remaining in the area, and so if someone comes towards us, that person is a terrorist.”
Staff Sergeant, Mechanized Infantry, Deir al-Balah area:
“Besides packs of cigarettes, we didn’t find anything valuable. One could say those cigarettes saved some people’s sanity, because there was a day we ran out. And then we stayed put in the house and secured ourselves. ‘You are guarding the tanks,’ they told us, but we didn’t really guard a single tank. We sat around in Gaza and took it easy. We surveyed. They gave us locations to watch. We were staying in abandoned houses.”
Staff Sergeant, Infantry, Northern Gaza Strip:
“We heard about an old man who went in the direction of a house held by a different force; [the soldiers] didn’t really know what to do, so they went up to him. This guy, 70 or 80 years old, turned out to be booby-trapped from head to toe. From that moment on the protocol was very, very clear: shoot toward the feet. And if they don’t go away, shoot to kill.”
Staff Sergeant, Infantry, Northern Gaza Strip:
“We fired ridiculous amounts of fire, lots of it, and relatively speaking our fire was nothing. We had spike missiles (guided antitank missiles) and artillery, and there were three tanks with us at all times — and another two D9s (armored bulldozers). I don’t know how they pulled it off, the D9 operators didn’t rest for a second. Nonstop, as if they were playing in a sandbox. Driving back and forth, back and forth, razing another house, another street. And at some point there was no trace left of that street. It was hard to imagine there even used to be a street there at all.”
Staff Sergeant, Armored Corps, Gaza Strip:
“We were firing purposelessly all day long. Hamas was nowhere to be seen — it’s not like they stood up on some roof for you holding a sign that says, ‘We are Hamas militants.’ You have no idea what’s going on, and because you don’t, your human nature is to be scared and ‘over’ defensive, so you ‘overshoot’.”
Yuli Novak, director of Breaking the Silence, commented on the report:
“From the testimonies given by the officers and soldiers, a troubling picture arises of a policy of indiscriminate fire that led to the deaths of innocent civilians. We learn from the testimonies that there is a broad ethical failure in the IDF’s rules of engagement, and that this failure comes from the top of the chain of command, and is not merely the result of “rotten apples”. As officers and soldiers, we know that internal military investigations scapegoat simple soldiers rather than focusing on policy. We call for the establishment of an investigative committee external to the IDF, which will investigate the policy behind the rules of engagement given during “Protective Edge”, and the norms and values that stand at the base of this policy.”
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There is no such thing as “order to kill civilians” in the IDF. I fought in several armies and wars over the years and I, frankly, never understood the ridiculously restrictive open-fire orders in the IDF…I never understood the exagerated and almost absurd moral standing required from Israeli combat-soldiers. War is war and it’s ugly, civilians are regretfully killed…especially if as in the wars with Arabs who use them as human shields but who else must carry the blame..if not those who deliberately started the war?
it is easy IDF are hypocrites because israeli government wanted them to destroy palastini civilians houses so they can build another houses for israeli settlers , and this way israel is getting bigger and bigger until it controls the whole middle east .
there are no settlers in Gaza…actually there are NO jews(israelis or not) in Gaza…so destroying houses in Gaza have nothing to do with settlements…
“israel is getting bigger and bigger until it controls the whole middle east…”
it is pretty obvious that you don’t have a clue about the middle east,
Browse to the picture in the link below and try to repeat your words without sounds as an Idiot
How to conquere a land and kill its people with no one to blame you for it:
1 – Travel from europe to palestine
2 – Call it Israel
3 – Claim it for your own
4 – Put those who oppose in prison and torture them
5 – Call resistants terrorists, kill them and their families
6 – Desperate times call for desperate measures, palestinian kids join resistance, also kill them and say they are insane
6 – If you need more land for your people kill more palestinians
7 – Say they started the war
8 – Voila, another country built on the blood of the local citizens
Also you can have USA’s support in all these steps because what you are doing is helping the “Support arab dictators, divide them, suck their resources and destroy rebel’s countries” program that USA is carring right now.
Yup, just bad ppl.
Read your history. That land is the Jewish National home. Our connection with it goes back a thousand years before the Christian era.
@Stuart, your quote is false in many ways: http://www.amazon.com/Invention-Jewish-People-Shlomo-Sand/dp/1844676234
And even if you were right, killing children would be a crime against humanity anyway. Stand beside this criminal State (of Israël) makes you a criminal as well.
And please, stop using (false) History to justify your crimes and hatred:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuqJ6ISvj7M
Have you heard of Joseph? He was a Jewish soldier serving with the Romans. Josephus in his annals describes the slaughter of the Jews of Judaea. Judaea? Get it? Don’t say we don’t have a connection there.
so you took one book and then deny everything else…quite empty…
are you talking about the children that are use for military purposes and as human shields?
my family is from Iraq…no relation to the holocaust…your denial is pathetic and destroy any credibility you and your sources have…
No false history,And I’m only Jewish by the adoption of Christ.That land was given to them long ago and the way it was claimed in the first place was by following what God said to do if there is a problem take it up with you’re creator.
are you kidding me you heartless monster they kill children and babies shame on you but they will pay for it and you all will pay for it when judgement day comes mark my words….
Dont worry, we will take over one day before judgment day.
and who started the war You stupid moron . You must be typically white . Why dont you at least get an education .try it
My poor baby, always the victim. you guys start the war because you know your army, navy,fleets, war planes and tank are top notch where as your victim has nothing to defend themselves. One sided assault is not a war but a crime and a genocide. Next time you open your mouth to defend you actions, just think about that small but vital fact.
Anonymous testimony is not acceptable in any court. Anybody could just make it all up, couldn’t they?
I do not believe these commentaries. One of two things: These are not Israelis soldiers, but anonymous testimonies against Israel which is nothing new, or 2) angry rebellious soldiers trying to discredit the Israeli military which I don’t believe. We all know palestinians deceptive tactics.
Why do people keep supporting those Israeli fucks?
I ask my self that same question all the time, why ?
yeah…lets kill them all that surely will make us better humanitarian…
or better yet lets ignore Hamas and their crimes…
please…visit a psychologist…
Fuck Israhell, those bastards taking Palestinian land, fuck you fucking jew Zionist scum,nd the USA supports this shit
kill Yishmail …kill them all!
Hey Annonymus, you can just go and fuckyourselves – even if it was true, the fucking arabs need to die for their constant attacks on the Jewish people. Go fuck yourselves and get a fucking life and cover some real news – dipshit!!
take a closer look people…. ground that you stand on it earth. i blue above is sky. its logical to understand that we are just people who are made to wear custom dog tag which apparently represents us, defines what we do and who we are.
FOR SAKE OF THE PLANET UNDERSTAND THE WORD HUMAN. it means we are all the same. stop killing each other just because some lives in some man made country. we need to stop fighting on bases of something that does not effect or represent NOW. what we do NOW makes difference. just stop blaming and start understanding your existing form. HUMAN. is what you are.
are you guys for real? EVERY palestinian MAY BE a threat. HAMAS used children in the last war. CHILDREN. a girl once asked an IDF soldier for help, and she lured him into a trap. A GIRL. so yes, every palestinian may be a threat.
ever heard of takia?
Yeah we are for real, I’m for real, I don’t think you’re tho!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4d9HPw4a_k this video says you are not for real…
not really, just a video, could be made anywhere 😉
Israel and jews are actually already more closere to “ENDLÖSUNG” than Hitler ever came.
And who else than Jews – they have had some real close experience, so they should now how to do.
we need more help for palestine
I don’t believe this garbage God gave this land to them so long ago and anyone who doesn’t understand war needs to get a life,take this up with you’re creator people you will all face Him soon.
Who do you think the Palestinian people are?I can tell you from a history book that hasn’t been altered,Philistines.Do you think through all the time they were enslaved they didn’t lose women and children?Of course they did!What did God tell them?Utterly destroy them or they will be a snare,they will enslave you,how many thousands of years later the war rages on.