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Pictured Below: Israeli troops murder a Palestinian civilian who was searching the rubble for family members.
Palestinian civilian, Salem Khaleel Shamaly, 23, in the process of being murdered by Israeli troops. TOP: Photo by
Joe Catron, via Flickr; BOTTOM: Screen capture from

By Celine Hagbard
A member of the Israeli group ‘Breaking the Silence’ has published accounts of Israeli soldiers being authorized by their commanders to carry out revenge attacks against civilians in the Gaza Strip “to enable the soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers”.
Eran Efrati reports, “Soldiers in two different units inside Gaza leaked information about the murdering of Palestinians by sniper fire in Shuja’eyya neighborhood as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units. After the shooting on the Israeli armored personnel carriers, which killed seven soldiers of the Golani Brigade, the Israeli army carried out a massacre in Shuja’eyya neighborhood.

On January 18th, Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister [during Israel's "Operation Cast Lead," Dec 27, 2008 - Jan 18, 2009] the justice minister now... Tzipi Livni boasted—she went on TV and boasted—"We demanded hooliganism in Gaza. That’s what I demanded," she said, "and we got it."Norman Finkelstein

“A day after the massacre, many Palestinians came to search for their relatives and their families in the rubble. In one of the videos uploaded to YouTube, a young Palestinian man Salem Shammaly calls the names of his family and looking for them between the ruins when he is suddenly shot at in his chest and falls down. A few seconds after that, there are two additional shots from snipers into his body, killing him instantly.

“Since the video was released, there was no official response from the IDF spokesperson. Today I can report that the official command that was handed down to the soldiers in Shuja'eyya was to capture Palestinian homes as outposts. From these posts, the soldiers drew an imaginary red line, and amongst themselves decided to shoot to death anyone who crosses it. Anyone crossing the line was defined as a threat to their outposts, and was thus deemed a legitimate target. This was the official reasoning inside the units.


Israel's Military Knows When It's Killing Civilians

These videos demonstrate the level of precision and real-time surveillance
available to Israel's Military. Therefore almost every civilian death in Gaza
done by shelling, missiles or bombs must be on purpose

Video released by Israel's government show civilians acting as
human shields to protect buildings

Israeli Defense Forces launch missile attack on what they claim is a
"rocket launching site" near a school in Gaza

Real-time TV reports demonstrate Israel's drones in the
skies over Gaza 24-hours a Day. Therefore, the Israel Defense Force knows
who it is killing at almost all times.
AMY GOODMAN: And Sharif, the buzzing that we’re hearing behind you, in addition to the explosions, do you know what that is?

SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: Well, the buzzing is an ever-present sound in Gaza. It’s the sound of the drones overhead, surveillance drones—some of them are attack drones—that are always there. Even when the shelling stops and the bombardment stops, you always hear the drones. And it’s really part of the—it’s very hard psychologically, because it’s an ever-present noise, and you kind of feel that you’re being watched all the time.


“I was told that the unofficial reason was to enable the soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers (something that for years the IDF has not faced during its operations in Gaza and the West Bank), out on the Palestinian refugees in the neighborhood. Under the pretext of the so-called “security threat” soldiers were directed to carry out a pre-planned attack of revenge on Palestinian civilians.”

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