Israeli use of “human shields”

Only Arabs and Muslims are so cowardly and barbaric as to stoop to using civilians as human shields, right? 
Wrong.
BBC NEWS – Israel ‘human shield’ suspension

The Israeli army says it has suspended a commander after the unit he led was accused of using Palestinians as human shields in a West Bank raid. Amateur video footage shot earlier this week showed Israeli soldiers apparently forcing Palestinians to stand in front of their armoured jeep.

And before we write this off as an aberration, it appears that there have been “regularly” been complaints of such immoral practices.  This is just the first time there’s been proof.

Palestinians and Israeli human rights groups have regularly complained that Israel uses human shields to stop youths from throwing stones at them, but there has often been no proof.
In March, Israeli human rights group accused Israel’s army of using two young Palestinians as human shields during an operation in the West Bank.
The B’Tselem group said it had testimony from a 15-year-old boy, his 24-year-old cousin and also an 11-year-old girl.
From their testimonies, B’Tselem says it believes the Israeli soldiers knowingly exposed the three to danger as they expected to find armed men in the houses.

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  • http://akramsrazor.typepad.com svend

    An interesting and sensitive thesis, but hardly one that has any bearing on this topic. I’m not a fan of biological explanations for human capabilities, as it inexorably leads to racial hierarchy and social darwinism.

  • http://akramsrazor.typepad.com svend

    I mean “sensitive” in the sense of controversial btw.


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