Category IDF

B’TSELEM ON ISRAEL’S ‘WHITEWASH MECHANISM’

Yesterday, former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) deputy chief of staff Uzi Dayan testified in defence of an Israeli soldier (Sgt. Elor Azaria) who was captured on film summarily executing a Palestinian man in Hebron who posed no threat. Dayan protested that, in opening an investigation into the incident, the authorities had violated the accused’s ‘right to innocence’: […]

RIGHT TO INNOCENCE

Former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) deputy chief of staff Uzi Dayan, testifying this morning in the trial of ‘Hebron shooter’ Elor Azaria: Asked by the prosecutor, Gen. (res.) Nadav Weisman, if the rules of engagement don’t prohibit killing a terrorist just for being a terrorist, Dayan answered, ‘That’s certainly not true. . . . I’ve ordered to […]

BEFORE THE ‘DAHIYEH DOCTRINE’

A 1978 interview with General Mordechai Gur, then-chief of staff of the Israel Defence Forces: Q- Is it true [during the March 1978 Israeli invasion of Lebanon] that you bombarded agglomerations [of people] without distinction? A- I am not one of these people who have a selective memory. Do you think that I pretend not […]

TALK OF IDF ‘DOCTRINES’ IS SO SILLY

As if firing at everything in sight was a new invention! A high-ranking officer has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli army went beyond its previous rules of engagement on the protection of civilian lives in order to minimise military casualties during last year’s Gaza war. . . . The officer, who served […]