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”

        Wow.

        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”

        SO ITS OK FOR ISRAEL TO DO IT IF US DID IT.

        what psychopathy.

  • 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:

    1. “ROCKETS FROM GAZA”

    2. “HUMAN SHIELDS”

    3. “TUNNELS”

    4. “HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE BY ISRAEL”

    • 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.

    • chad
  • 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

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_israel_lies_20140803

  • 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

      http://www.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v1_cha_chapter32_rule97

      …which this article is referring to violations thereof.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?”

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/08/12/911-probe/

  • 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.