Israeli High Court: Israeli Soldiers Used Palestinians as Human Shields 1,200 Times

Israel Has Frequently Used Palestinians as Human Shields

Israelis frequently accuse Palestinians of using human shields.

That claim is highly questionable.

However, in 2005, the Israeli high court found that Israeli soldiers had used Palestinian civilians as human shields 1,200 times in the past 5 years.  As Ynet reported at the time:

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Tuesday demanded that the High Court review a ruling it issued last Thursday in which it declared that the ‘human shield’ procedure employed by the IDF when detaining Palestinian terror suspects is illegal and violates international law.

Sources at the Ministry of Defense said that Mofaz’ comments are not an attempt to subvert the Court’s decision, adding that the defense minister intends to use democratic means to revoke the ruling.

According to defense officials, the Israel Defense Forces made use of the ‘human shield’ procedure on 1,200 occasions over the last five years, and only on one occasion did a Palestinian civilian get hurt.

An 18-year-old Palestinian was killed in 2002 during one such operation.

Mofaz instructed the IDF to freeze the use of the ‘human shield’ and ‘early warning’ procedures in its arrest operations in the territories until the Court holds a new hearing on the issue.

In 2009, Wikileaks published an Israeli government memo stating:

Individual Palestinians also testified to IDF abuses such as looting, beatings, vandalism of property and the use of the local population as human shields. But by far the strongest reverbration in Israel was that created by the Israeli organization “Breaking the Silence”, which collected testimony from 26 unnamed IDF soldiers. All of the soldiers had been involved in Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, and testified to instances where Gazans were used as human shields, incendiary phosphorous shells were fired over civilian population areas, and other examples of excessive firepower that caused unnecessary fatalities and destruction of property.

The Nation noted last month:

Israeli soldiers have systematically used Palestinians as human shields. Since Israel’s incursion into the West Bank in 2002, it has used Palestinians as human shields by tying young Palestinians onto the hoods of their cars or forcing them to go into a home where a potential militant may be hiding.

And the Guardian pointed out:

Israel, meanwhile, does not have an unblemished record in the use of human shields. In 2010, two soldiers were convicted in an IDF military court of using an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield in its 2008-09 operation in Gaza. The pair ordered the child to search bags they suspected of being booby-trapped.

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  • Robert Barsocchini

    Another devastating defeat for Israeli propaganda.

    Well done.

    • Abe Bird

      How can you say that? IDF took Palestinians as shield in few cases to wage against Palestinian terrorists and by that PREVENTING much dead.

      The Palestinian terror organizations taking Palestinian kids as human shield knowing that IDF will hold fire. But in combat situations sometimes deliberately from the side of Israel kids hit by bombs, Israel acts beyond the need of international and domestic laws. Israel should act as the US, Britain and France do – just hit terror targets without any further considerations. The US murdered 80% civilians in Iraqi and Afghan wars and the sky didn’t crash. I think Israel should do the same and inflict the punishment on the start-up groups of Islamic terror – Hamas and ilk.

      Any further Falsetinian proPALganda would not hold even water.

      • Dr Smileyface

        How do you breathe with your head lodged so far up?
        A snorkel might help but it would show in a tight kaftan.

      • truth_machine

        Abe, like all Zionists, is morally bankrupt garbage.

      • unity100

        “IDF took Palestinians as shield in few cases to wage against Palestinian terrorists and by that PREVENTING much dead”


        So, its OKAY to take kids as human shields, FOR REASON X.

        but what is more:

        “The US murdered 80% civilians in Iraqi and Afghan wars and the sky didn’t crash”


        what psychopathy.

      • Sandslinger

        The US murdered 80% civilians in Iraqi and Afghan wars and the sky didn’t crash
        The operational goal stated was to end conflict and eventually remove the need for american “pacekeeping” soldiers to be present.
        Yet now the entire region is at a larger state of war and terrorists attacks from the area are more prevalent than ever before. Operational goal Complete failure. and the 80% civilians killed are directly responsible, for causing the generational hatred that will continue to bear the fruits of war for generations to come now.
        All the time Technology is advancing in such a way that more and more sophisticated weaponry becomes reachable for smaller and smaller groups.

      • Wesley Sandel

        I love it! A “few” cases. That’s like saying the Nazis only murdered a “few” Jews.

  • So much for the “HUMAN SHIELDS” part II of the propaganda whenever Israel massacres civilians. Here’s the propaganda bullet items I’ve seen my whole life:



    3. “TUNNELS”


    • FredJ11

      Don’t forget citing Hamas endlessly, in response to any criticism of Israel. As though Hamas was every Palestinian. As though anything any Palestinian suffers at the hands of Israel is “Hamas”

      • Tony Riley

        Although the problem for any dissenters in Gaza is that Hamas executes them. An inconvenient truth.

        • truth_machine

          The inconvenient truth is that you Zionists are liars.

        • FredJ11

          Spare me your Zionist propaganda. As though your allegation against your bogeyman Hamas in any way relates to or diminishes Israel’s crimes against Palestinians As though anything your propaganda alleges Hamas does compares in any way to Israel’s ongoing destruction and brutalization of Palestine and the Palestinian people

      • cc

        Don’t forget citing the IDF endlessly, in response to any criticism of Palestine. As though the IDF was every Israeli.

        • FredJ11

          Not sure what you’re talking about. Israelis aren’t the target of an ongoing propaganda assault designed to turn them from victims to terrorists. No one is calling Israelis terrorists as part of a government sponsored program echoed by the world’s establishment media. No one’s dropping bombs on them or shooting them or blockading them on bogus accusations of terrorism On the contrary They live in peace, largely enjoy a good standard of living, clean drinking water, ample supply of food and no one is stealing their land

          Your point does nothing to diminish the atrocities the IDF commit daily, all day, every day, for decades against the Palestinians. The IDF represents Israel. Israelis pay for the IDF. Precious few Israelis ever criticize the IDF’s atrocities against the Palestinians. You’re right I suppose that a tiny minority of Israelis do dissent from the IDF’s atrocities against the Palestinians but so what?

    • chad
    • Yefim Shestik

      it not propaganda bullet items ! ISLOMO FASCIST SUPPORTER !

  • Chris Hedges: Why Israel Lies
    There is a perverted logic to Israel’s repeated use of the Big Lie—Große Lüge—the lie favored by tyrants from Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin to Saddam Hussein. The Big Lie feeds the two reactions Israel seeks to elicit—racism among its supporters and terror among its victims.

    By painting a picture of an army that never attacks civilians, that indeed goes out of its way to protect them, the Big Lie says Israelis are civilized and humane, and their Palestinian opponents are inhuman monsters. The Big Lie serves the idea that the slaughter in Gaza is a clash of civilizations, a war between democracy, decency and honor on one side and Islamic barbarism on the other. And in the uncommon cases when news of atrocities penetrates to the wider public, Israel blames the destruction and casualties on Hamas

  • Taiho

    As this doesn’t explain their definition of using someone as a ‘human shield’…this could refer to any of a variety of military tactics that are used daily. Honestly, drudging this up is nothing but hate-mongering against Israel that is rampant in Western Culture.
    As soon as Hamas is dismantled, Palestinians will stop being killed because of them. End of story.

    • MoniqueBuckner

      Palestinians were being massacred by zionists long before Hamas came into existence. Israel helped Hamas grow as an organisation (research the history) as it was believed to be a threat to the PLO. So Hamas, as was the PLO, were symptoms of the occupation and human rights abuses rather than the causes of the violations by Israel. Further, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine began in December 1947 but was planned before this time as Israeli state archives reveal. It’s quite easy to search for a list online of major zionist massacres of the indigenous Palestinians.

      As for the definition of a human shield as a war crime, there is a clear definition

      …which this article is referring to violations thereof.

      • LindaRealism

        Exactly Monique. I notice a lot of zionist defenders using that same line lately. As if we don’t remember the past, and what Israel was doing BEFORE Hamas. Taiho, what it DOES explain is that Israel is LYING. Again.

      • GymMom66

        You mean Arabs were massacring the REAL Palestinians, who were JEWS, long before they took on the name Hamas? (Arabs only took the name “Palestinian” in 1964, to try to usurp the Jewish history as their own).

      • Yefim Shestik

        this is complete lie ! Both HamASS and PLO are terrorist organizations Hamas created as a branch of Muslim Brotherhood core of PLO is FATAH that American CIA traned in Egypt at 50 -th to fight Israel ! The ethnic cleansing of Palestinian jews began right after UN proposed second split of Palestine UN proposal plan to split west Palestine to second arab state and Jewish state (First arab state Jordan Brits created in Palestine at 1946 77% of all land of Palestine ) the arabs not agreed and started civilian war
        . Arab leaders, including the Arab League and the (Palestinian) Arab Higher Committee categorically rejected the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine and said they would make every effort to prevent its implementation. So, Jamal al-Husseini, the acting chairman of the Arab Higher Committee, November 24, 1947 threatened that “Palestine will be covered with fire and blood, if the Jews will have at least some part of it”

        The arabs regected proposition of United Nations Palestinian Partition

        plan in 1947 and started civilian war .

        Sixty two Jews have been killed by Arabs on the first week after the United Nations Palestinian Partition proposal plan , and by May, 15th 1948, in total 1 256 Jews have been killed, the majority of them civil inhabitants….

        The fact – 1 256 Jews, have been killed for in five months. Even before the first Arabian village have been captured in April, 924 Jews have been already killed. These Jews murdering were committed by Arabian militias, brigades terrorists and army units which have attacked each place of the Jewish residing in Palestine.

        Attacks have succeeded that have placed Jerusalem under siege and finally have cut of water supply. All the Jewish villages in Negev have undergone to an attack, and Jews should go about the country in escorts. In each main city where Jews and Arabs lived in mixed neighborhoods , the Jewish areas have got under bombardment. It was correct in Hadar Haifa Hacarmel just as Old City of Jerusalem.

        Slaughter was business rather usual.

        THIRTY NINE Jews have been killed by the Arabian rebels in a factory on clearing oil of Haifa on December, 30th on January, 1947.16th 1948, 35 Jews have been killed, trying to defending Etzion Bloc. on February, 22nd, 44 Jews have been killed in bombardment on Rehove Ben-Yehuda Ierusalima. And on February, 29th, 23 Jews have been killed all across Palestin, eight of them in iron manufacture Hayotzek.

        Thirty five Jews have been killed during Fastening slaughter of an escort during the Mount Scopus on April, 13th. And 127 Jews have been destroyed in Kfar Etzion on May, 15th 1948 after others 30 have died, protecting Block Etzion.

        In the Arabian countries also killed more than 100 Jews, and synagogues have been burnt in Aleppo and Aden, has led to that that thousand Jews have l abandoned their houses.

        Back in Palestine a lot of small kibbutzs have been subjected to attacks, including Gvulot, Ben-Shemen, Holon, Safed, Bat Yam and Kfar Yavetz – all in December. In January and February, it was the turn of Rishon Lezion, Yehiam, Mishmar Hayarden, Tirat Zvi, Sde Eliahu, Ein Hanatziv, Magdiel, Mitzpe Hagalil and Ma’anit

        In March and April these attacks reached the culmination with an attack on Hartuv 400 Arabs based in village Ishwa and an attack on Kfar Darom by members of a Muslim Brotherhood.

        Arabs attacked also bombed the Palestinian Post in February. In March, the Jewish Agency, Solel Boneh building in Haifa and bus Egged also bombed.

        It is the Arab followers of the Mufti [Hajj Amin], and not the Jews, who are engaged in a war of aggression, and who are defying the United Nations.”[19cc]

        That is not all. Simultaneously, Britain was doing everything in its power to help the Arab armies.

        Great Britain could not prevent the re-establishment of jewish state Israel.

        But as a result of the UK action, restored in 1948, the State of Israel has received an extremely small part of the territory of the Ottoman Palestine, and immediately turned the victim of aggression of Islamic countries, is dependent on Britain, started an unprovoked war against Israel, that is, committed an act of aggression, with the covert support of Great Britain

        Great Britain founded of the armed forces of Transjordan (Jordan) was formed by the British Arab Legion, commanded by British officers who, led by General John Glubb. Jordanian budget is largely covered by the British “financial aid.” Those. Great Britain has not only created the military forces of aggression, but also financed the aggression and annexation of the territory of the State of Israel, under its guarantees.

        “The first large-scale assault began on January 9, 1948, when approximately 1,000 Arabs attacked Jewish communities in northern Palestine. By February, the British said so many Arabs had infiltrated they lacked the forces to run them back. In fact, the British turned over bases and arms to Arab irregulars and the Arab Legion.

        .The Arabs had no difficulty obtaining the arms they needed. In fact, Jordan’s Arab Legion was armed and trained by the British, and led by a British officer. At the end of 1948 and beginning of 1949, British RAF planes flew with Egyptian squadrons over the Israel-Egypt border. On January 7, 1949, Israeli planes shot down four of the British aircraft.”[19d]

        On February 22, 1948, Palestinian Arab terrorists, with the help of British deserters, bombed Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem. It was the first of many that would occur over the years in that location.

        Palestinian Refugees – 1948

        Palestine real Refugees – Palestinian Jews of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City being expelled. .

        Indeed, there were instances of ethnic cleansing in the Israeli-Arab war of 1948, and of planned massacres. There were two irrefutable, uncontestable and unchallenged instances of ethnic cleansing in the Israel war of independence . The first occurred when the Arab Legion, under British officers, conquered Gush Etzion. Following a massacre of defenders, the remaining inhabitants were expelled and ethnically cleansed, the four kibbutzim were looted thoroughly. The looting started before the fighting had finished. The second instance of ethnic cleansing occurred in the old city of Jerusalem, at the end of May in 1948. Again the culprit was the British officered Legion, by now called the “Jordan Legion” to free the British from any association with its war crimes. The British officers were now officially “volunteers.” Under the watchful eyes of the soldiers of the Legion, the entire remnant of the Jewish population of the old city of Jerusalem, about 1,700 people who had remained there despite repeated pogroms, were ethnically cleaned (See The Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem ).
        Battle for Jerusalem (1948)
        Never mind that it was barely three years since the Jews had finished suffering the Nazi Final Solution; the British aid to the Arabs included sending captured German Nazi officers to lead the Arab armies that had openly pledged themselves to wipe out the Israeli Jews. This was demonstrated in a detailed article, which quoted official British documents at length, and which appeared in The Nation in 1948:
        Arabs ethnic cleansed Jews from the area they occupied and in Jerusalem complitelly destroyed Jewish Quarter and 58 Jewish synagogue.
        Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
        Photography, Memory and Ethnic Cleansing: The Fate of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, 1948 — John Phillips’ Pictorial Record
        The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
        This photos appeared in Life Magazine in 1948 showing Jewish residents of East Jerusalem escaping when Jordanian soldiers took it over and divided the City . Watch :
        Watch :Brits officers leading the Jordan army in illegal occupation of East Jerusalem
        in 1948
        Arab plundering of the Jewish Quarter after its inhabitants’ expulsion

        Islamization of East Jerusalem under Jordanian occupation and Jordanian occupation of the West Bank cleansing of Jews by Arabs in pre-state Israel

        The Jewish Nakbah

        Palestinian Arabs displaced from areas that came under Israeli control cannot be higher than 270,000.

        This is the truth about why and how the Arabs fled from Israel during the 1948 war. The armies of FIVE Arab countries, Egypt, Syria, Iraq Jordan and Lebanon all attacked the new State of Israel

        Arab refugee: Arabs left Israel in 1948 because of leadership’s promise that it would be temporary and they arabs army will annihilate jews in time if no less the two weeks, they will return to home victorious and wiil own the left jewish property

        A PALESTINIAN MYTH – The so said NAKBA

        The macabre commemoration of the Nakba

      • Yefim Shestik

        who are indigenous Palestinians.? Yasser Arafat ?

        “I am Fakelestinian arab invaded Israeli land from many muslim states in 19 and in 20 century! Ethnically cleansed and murdered half of indigenous Jewish population in19 century, today I am claim that I lived there for thousand years and claim all of land of Israel,and want to annihilate all jews from Jewish state like wanted do it in 1947-8, however, I got arab state on 78% of all land Palestine (Jordan ), got Gaza Hamas- state and PA . Today,I kill my children and blame Israel

        Today ,I kill Jews and call them murderers, nazis ,occupiers ,oppressers and aggressors and many dumbasses in the world applaud and support me !”

        Footnote: The world’s oldest fascist membership, the followers of Islam, invented a fake people and named them “Palestinians” merely for the sake of creating a cause to commit jihad and occupy another country in the endless Arab racism and hatred of Jews. All according to the dictates of the Quran.” Pr. Francisco Gil-White

        Watch :

        Hamass minister Fathi Hammad : Palestinians are Egyptians,Saudis,Sudanese…

        Free ,free Palestine and we will conquer the world!


        Today’s “Palestinians” are immigrants from many nations: “Balkans, Greeks, Syrians, Latins, Egyptians, Turks, Armenians, Italians, Persians, Kurds, Germans, Afghans, Circassians, Bosnians, Sudaneese, Samaritans, Algerians, Motawila, Tartars, Hungarians, Scots, Navarese, Bretons, English, Franks, Ruthenians, Bohemians, Bulgarians, Georgians, Syrians, Persian Nestorians, Indians, Copts, Maronites, and many others.” (DeHass, History, p. 258. John of Wurzburg list from Reinhold Rohricht edition, pp. 41, 69

        Origin of a People, Who are the Palestinians?

        Joan Peters’s “From Time Immemorial”

        Identity, origins & conflict in Israel/ Palestine, Part 1.

        Identity, origins & conflict in Israel/ Palestine, Part 2.

    • Nicko Thime

      1200 times and you just give it the finger snap?

  • Nicko Thime

    It is time to leave Israel to its own fate and become unattached to them, as they are an international embarrassment. Our association with them diminishes us.
    To call them an ally begs the question of what it is that they bring to the table.

  • drewsmith

    Oh no, no, no! Israel’s behavior towardP civilians has always been and continues to be impeccable. Beyond criticism. Anyone who says otherwise is anti-semitic. Just read the press and listen to broadcast media in the U.S. You will learn the truth. Virtually all the Palestinian civilian deaths in the current action in Gaza were actually deaths of Hamas militants and terrorists. Especially all the children. The infants and toddlers killed were actually evil combatants carrying explosive pacifiers and toys.

    • jamson64

      Grow up. Oh no…. sheesh.

    • asmith

      @drewsmith Wake-up and actually look at the history, it tells a vastly different story than yours. If you had bothered to pull you head of the mainstream media and actually read about this. The place that’s being obliterated is call Palestine not Gaza or the West Bank and Jordan is not Palestine. Stop repeating the big lies about Palestinians. The Israelis are the aggressors, they are illegally occupying Palestine, they deny them adequate food and steal their land to house their own people from other pats of the world. Would you allow this to happen too your country, remember they only have a police force . As they weren’t allowed too keep an army.
      I am in no way saying that no wrong has been done to Israel but as I said before would you not defend yourself if that was happening, no you wouldn’t. If you even think you wouldn’t your deluded.
      They both deserve too live in peace in their own lands. BUT the west and Israel described Yaa Arafat of the PLO ,(look them up) as unwilling too find peace because they wouldn’t hand over more than 80% of Palestine, so Israel has been steadily stealing it from them.

      • asmith

        Sorry you would defend yourself*

      • truth_machine

        drewsmith’s comment was sarcastic, you dolt.

  • wstockwin

    Maybe this is where the Tee Partee heroes at Bundy Ranch got the idea to hide behind women and children if and when the shooting started.

    • highlanderjuan

      wstockwin – that is a pretty stupid and inane comment. Grow up.

      • NorahChristine RunningWolf

        Truth there, Highlander. That was the plan, if there were gun fire, women and children out in front. And the women agreed. Knowing the feds would jnot fire on wome, but it would have made one helluva story. So, I think that before ridiculing another’s comment, try to know what was the full story.

        • highlanderjuan

          And you know this about the Bundy incident how? I’ve known a lot of American police and military, and none of them have ever thought of, or discussed, putting women and children out front. Where’s the evidence or proof that supports your opinion?

  • RobertFallin

    Those who have no respects for the lives of those outside their tribe deserve no respect for their lives from those outside their tribe.

  • glddraco

    Israel once again caught in yet more lies and falsehoods.

    • Yefim Shestik

      You are once again caught in yet more lies and falsehoods

  • highlanderjuan

    “Netanyahu’s genocidal onslaught in Gaza has done more to delegitimize the Zionist entity than the work of all the world’s anti-Zionists put together. Yet the Israeli military cannot stop the Palestinian resistance; from an Israeli standpoint, the hecatomb in Gaza serves no military or strategic purpose. Is Israel insane?”

    • NorahChristine RunningWolf

      Oil beneath the sea

  • So, the aggressor is still the ones who are behind the Occupation? The Zionist, as I thought. ty
    have a good day and let’s all push for anti-war

  • juanita

    gee I don’t remember one incident where a Palestinian used their own people as human shields and was convicted? Anyone?

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  • Calven

    Wow, if the Israelies keep this kind of thing up, they’ll be almost HALF as bad as the Palestinian occupiers of Israel.

  • Mara Cohen

    Uhhh folks? This is someone’s personal blog, and has no credibility.