What are Israeli soldiers saying about Gaza?

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The Israeli group Breaking the Silence has just released a collection of testimonies (1) by Israeli soldiers that took part in the Gaza attack last December and January. 

This is not the first report documenting the horrors inflicted on the civilian population in Gaza. Less than two weeks ago, for example, Amnesty International produced a report documenting Israel's use of battlefield weapons against the civilian population trapped in Gaza. (2) 

Today Israeli soldiers corroborate charges that the military repeatedly violated international law.

You know what? You feel like a child playing around with a magnifying glass, burning up ants. Really. A 20-year-old kid should not be doing such things to people. 

The soldiers testify about their use of human shields (3), their use of phosphorus over civilian populations, and about the sheer magnitude of the destruction.

Why fire phosphorus? Because it's fun. Cool.

It looked awful, like in those World War II films where nothing remained. A totally destroyed city. 

The soldiers also relate efforts of the military rabbinate unit to make the attack a holy war between "the sons of darkness" and "the sons of light."

[They told us] No pity, God protects you, everything you do is sanctified.

The list goes on.

Now we have heard from both Gazans and Israeli soldiers, all telling a similar story.

Generous US aid - American tax dollars -  made this possible. American-made weapons were used to attack Gazan civilians, productive factories, schools and administrative buildings. 

The British government has canceled a number of  weapons contracts with Israel

Isn't it time for members of the U.S. Congress to pay attention? Demand an investigation now into the use of US tax monies to fund war crimes in Gaza.

Sydney Levy
Jewish Voice for Peace

(1) Breaking the Silence Testimonies

(2) Amnesty International Gaza report

(3) Ha'aretz: Israeli soldier: "We used Gazans as human shields."  
Original article removed from Ha'aretz, but available in full here: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/07/14/18607903.php )

(4) BBC Breaking the Silence on Gaza Abuses

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