Soldiers’ testimonies from Gaza: Breaking The Silence

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 Here are some of the reports:

“The civilian was laying there, writhing in pain”

Either we let him die slowly, or we put him out of his misery. Eventually, we put him out of his misery, and a D9 (armored bulldozer) came over and dropped a mound of rubble on him and that was the end of itcontinue reading ›

categories: Deaths, General, Rules of engagement2,871 views ›//0 comments ›

rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Infantry
area: Northern Gaza strip
period: 2014

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“Go ahead – his wife and kid are in the car too? Not the end of the world”

“There are exact definitions, of firing ranges [you need to keep] from uninvolved civilians and all sorts of things like that. The more the policy is ‘permissive,’ let’s call it that, the more you’re ‘allowed’ to be less careful about uninvolved civilians.”continue reading ›

categories: Rules of engagement314 views ›//0 comments ›

unit: Air Force
area: Gaza strip
period: 2014

“By the time we got out of there, everything was like a sandbox”

By the time we got out of there, it was all like a sandbox. Every house we left – and we went through three or four houses – a D9 (armored bulldozer) came over and flattened it.continue reading ›

categories: House demolitions/razing, Rules of engagement1,201 views ›//2 comments ›

rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Mechanized infantry
area: Deir al-Balah area
period: 2014
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They fired the way it’s done in funerals, but with shellfire and at houses

The tank commander said, “Just pick the farthest one, so it does the most damage”.continue reading ›

categories: Rules of engagement1,372 views ›//0 comments ›

rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Armored Corps
period: 2014
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“Shoot, shoot everywhere”

But the more time that passed [since the operation started], the more immediate authorizations became. The rules of engagement for soldiers advancing on the ground were open fire, open fire everywhere, first thing as you go in. The assumption being that the moment we went in [to the Gaza Strip], anyone who dared poke his head out was a terrorist. And it pretty much stayed that way throughout the operationcontinue reading ›

categories: Rules of engagement214 views ›//0 comments ›

unit: Infantry
area: Northern Gaza strip
period: 2014
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“Good Morning al-Bureij”

I remember it, all the tanks were standing in a row, and me myself, I asked my commander: “Where are we firing at?” He told me: “Pick wherever you feel like it.” And later, also, during talks with the other guys – each one chose his own target, and the commander, on the two-way radio, called it ‘Good Morning al-Bureij’continue reading ›

categories: Rules of engagement165 views ›//0 comments ›

rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Armored Corps
area: Deir al-Balah area
period: 2014
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The artillery is constantly firing

It’s called ‘retaining tension’ – that is, keeping [Hamas] unsure about when exactly we will be going in – so that they are constantly thinking that we might be about to go in. It’s called ‘softening targets,’ and it’s done also to clear a range for advancing. What this means in practice is, that shells are being fired all the timecontinue reading ›

categories: House demolitions/razing, Rules of engagement229 views ›//0 comments ›

rank: Lieutenant
unit: Infantry
area: Northern Gaza strip
period: 2014
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Then we went down into the street and the houses we were supposed to take over no longer existed

We tried to think about what the family would go through when they returned to their home, and in the best-case scenario what’s left of the house is a bit of its floor and two walls. How does one go about cleaning all the wreckage?continue reading ›

categories: House demolitions/razing, Rules of engagement110 views ›//0 comments ›

rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Infantry
area: Northern Gaza strip
period: 2014
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“People that look at you from the window of a house, to put it mildly, won’t look anymore”

You identify a person, and if the tank commander considers him a suspect, you open fire. You don’t ask for authorization, no one asks for explanations. It doesn’t feel strange because that’s what we did in nearly every battle we were in, from the start up until then.continue reading ›

categories: Rules of engagement278 views ›//0 comments ›

rank: Sergeant First Class
unit: Armored Corps
area: Northern Gaza strip
period: http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/2014

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from http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/  with thanks.  (illustrations added)

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