domingo, 3 de outubro de 2010

IDF soldiers convicted of using 11-year-old as human shield in Gaza

Two soldiers forced Palestinian child to open bags, feared to have been booby trapped, during Operation Cast Lead.

The southern command military court convicted two Israeli soldiers on Sunday of using human shields during Operation Cast Lead, Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, in the winter of 2008-2009.

The soldiers were convicted of offenses including inappropriate behavior and overstepping authority for ordering an 11-year-old Palestinian to search bags suspected to have been booby trapped.

The conviction is the first such conviction for what is termed in the Israel Defense Forces "neighbor procedure" – the use of human shields during searches and pursuits, which has been outlawed.


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