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“Most of the days soldiers were fighting in the Gaza Strip in the morning and in the evening they were coming back to our kibbutz, bringing their weapons there, they were sleeping there, and sometimes they were practicing [military drills] in the fields, in the kibbutz grass — they were hiding there and making plans,” Raz told me. “The way I saw it, they were using us as human shields.” Raz recalled, “We were right on the border of the Gaza Strip and they were practicing in the fields with weaponry, whether it’s with their rifle or armored vehicles. I could hear explosions [from the fields] while they were practicing and maybe even shooting things into Gaza.”
During his search the 23-year-old, also known as "man in the green shirt", was fatally shot as he strayed into the sights of an apparent Israeli sniper. Today, a former Israeli soldier has told Channel 4 News he can shed light on what happened. Eran Efrati left the army in 2008. He is now an activist who has sought to expose Israeli military transgressions. He told Channel 4 News he has taken testimony from soldiers who were there when Shamaly was shot. Mr Efratri said: "These soldiers are deciding on a theoretical red line that nobody can pass. You can be killed for crossing this line. There is a video of a man looking for his family. Two soldiers ask if it is ok to shoot him." He described what happened next: "The sniper is getting into position - he is asking his offcer, three, times 'when can I shoot him?' "The officer tells them 'wait, wait, we need the man in the green shirt to cross the red line'. 'Revenge attack' "The third time the officers tell him, 'you can shoot'. "He shoots two more bullets into his body and kills him." Mr Efrati confirmed: "I heard this testimony from three soldiers." He added: "They were completely convinced that what they did was wrong. They were guilty. The man in the green shirt was not any threat to their lives. "The officer allowed this revenge attack in the middle of Gaza."
originally posted by: deadeyedick
a reply to: GogoVicMorrow It really has no merit because none were killed because israelis were hiding behind them. Now if hamas had guided misles and targeted locations that had isrealis weapons hiding amoung their schools then that would be wrong.
What exactly were they shielding from?
originally posted by: Mirthful Me
originally posted by: GogoVicMorrow
You can't function as a shield if you are already the primary target...
originally posted by: TinfoilTP
Very poor hit piece.
But it will stand in the thread list as if Israel used human shields, lacking any evidence for the accusation.
That is probably its only purpose.
originally posted by: bbracken677
a reply to: deadeyedick
Apparently any time that soldiers are in civilian areas (no matter how safe) they are using the civilians as shields.
So..I didn't realize it but apparently all the troops in bases in the US that are close to populated areas are using us as human shields. Whoda thunk it?
Garbage article written by kool-aid drinkers for kool-aid drinkers.
originally posted by: MrCynic
Wouldn't using a human shield require the person shooting care about whether your shield lives or dies? Since a good % of the rockets are targeted right into the areas adjacent to the Gaza border in a 'spray and pray' approach to hitting something, would they care or alter their plans because Israelis have Israeli citizens in the area too?
It seems to me that it might cause them to shoot MORE not less. Get Israelis and IDF troops at the same time. Looking at Hamas tactics and priorities? That does seem more likely as the outcome. That wouldn't be shields, but magnets.