IDF Finds Itself Not Guilty

Posted: March 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, war | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Military Advocate Brig. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit announced today that the military police’s investigation into the soldiers’ testimonies concerning the fighting in Gaza found out that those “were based on rumors and not first-hand experience.”

It’s good to hear that the army investigated these incidents, and I do hope that the events described by the soldiers never actually happened. I am, however, concerned by the fact that the army doesn’t check all the other evidences of misconduct during operation Cast Lead – use of illegal weapons, looting, and other cases of reported intentional killings. Even in this latest case, the army knew about the soldiers’ testimonies well before they were handed to the media, but chose to investigate them only after it got all the bad press.

It was the former Militry Advocate, Brig. Gen. Menachem Finkelstein, who, during the 2ed Intifada, cancelled the army procedure of investigating all incidents resulting in the death of civilians. Now we know what makes the army open an investigation: a headline in the New York Times.

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