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Israeli army using human shields March 8, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Israel, News Commentry.

The BBC reports that Israel is using human shields again.

An Israeli human rights group has accused Israel’s army of using two young Palestinians as human shields during a recent raid 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 boy.

They said soldiers had forced them at gunpoint to enter houses ahead of the troops during the raid in Nablus.

This is not new. The UK’s Guardian newspaper reported the same thing in 2003.

“The soldiers hid behind our backs as they pushed us forward,” said Mr Maswadeh. “Then they put their guns on our shoulders and began shooting. We felt our eardrums burning, but when we tried to put our hands over our ears, they beat our hands away. The noise was terrible because the gun was right next to my ear.”

The same happened again in 2005, when the BBC reported that Israel banned the use of human shields after a teenager was killed in 2002 (though why it took three years to get there is a mystery).

Israel’s supreme court has banned the use of Palestinian human shields in arrest raids, saying the practice violates international law.

The court issued a temporary injunction against the practice in 2002 after a teenager was killed when troops made him negotiate with a wanted militant.

Human rights groups who brought the case say the Israeli army has repeatedly violated the temporary ban.

Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel has a special report on the use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields by the Israeli Army.

Lets hope Israel stops doing this soon, and if not, that appropriate action is taken by the international community.



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