An investigation by former Israeli soldiers has revealed new evidence for claims of war crime during the Israeli military assault on Gaza. fifteen soldiers described their concerns over random killings and vandalism carried out by a separate group of anonymous servicemen during Operation Cast Lead.
One of the former soldier spoke of how he did not recognize the military, and that it isn’t a variance in aggressiveness that raises concern, but rather, underlying policy. He said soldiers had been warned by officers not to discuss what they had seen and done in Gaza.
The military has also blocked attempts by the Israeli media to publish rules of engagement for the Gaza campaign. However they have leaked by word of mouth suggesting that massive use of firepower in densely populated urban environment was supported.
An investigation published by Haaretz by reporter Uri Blau revealed that Israeli soldiers were ordering T-shirts with images of dead babies, mothers weeping at their children’s graves, and guns aimed at children, to mark the end of the operation in Gaza.
One T-shirt for infantry snipers read “Better use Durex” and a picture of a dead Palestinian baby with his teddy bear, and weeping mother.
Some Israeli media has run articles criticizing the source who revealed the soldiers’ testimony, others have run interviews denying wrong doing and questioning the motives of those who cam forward.
These claims seem to support those made by Palestinians, journalists, international investigators, and international lawyers who entered Gaza at the end of the conflict according to the Gaurdian.