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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
IDF Investigation Refutes the Testimonies About Gaza Killings (incidents never took place).

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
IDF Investigation Refutes the Testimonies About Gaza Killings.
http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2009/03/idf-investigation-refutes-testimonies.html
IDF Investigation Refutes the Testimonies About Gaza Killings.
Maariv in (Hebrew)
22.3.09
[Complete translation by Israel News ]

Today, Sunday, an IDF officer whose troops fought in Gaza will present the
conclusions of his personal investigation in the wake of testimony of
soldiers in his brigade about incidents of killing of Palestinian civilians
during Operation Cast Lead. The investigation reveals that in at least two
of the incidents mentioned in the testimony, which raised a storm of public
controversy, no Palestinian women were killed as had been claimed.

Two central incidents that were brought to light in the testimony, which
Danny Zamir, the head of the Rabin pre-military academy presented to Chief
of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi, focus on one infantry brigade. Today the brigade's
commander will present the findings of his personal investigation about the
matter which he undertook in the last few day to Brigadier General Eyal
Eisenberg, commander of the Gaza division,, and after approval, he will
present his findings to the head of the Southern Command, Major General Yoav
Gallant.

Light Finger on the trigger

Regarding the incident in which it was claimed that a sniper fired at a
Palestinian woman and her two daughters, the brigade commander's
investigation cites the sniper: "I saw the woman and her daughters and I
shot warning shots. The section commander came up to the roof and shouted at
me, ?Why did you shoot at them.' I explained that I did not shoot at them,
but I fired warning shots."

Officers from the brigade suspect that fighters who remained in the lower
story of the Palestinian house thought that he hit the the women, and from
there the rumor that a sniper killed a mother and her two daughters spread.

Regarding the second incident, in which it was claimed that soldiers went up
to the roof to entertain themselves with firing and killed an elderly
Palestinian woman, the brigade commander investigation found that there was
no such incident.

According to one of the officers, "The number of terrorists killed and the
extent of arrests in "Operation Cast Lead" varied from brigade to brigade
because the troops fought in different areas, and as part of the tradition
there is always competition to show that your brigade is more combat ready.
Nonetheless, the official evaluation has not yet begun and among field
commanders there is a fear that troops will bring to light additional
incidents that took place during the fighting.

An officer of an elite unit that fought deep in Palestinian territory in
Operation Cast Lead told NRG Maariv, "There was a light trigger finger
during operation Cast Lead without a doubt, and non-combatant ("uninvolved")
civilians were killed without doubt. But there was no deliberate harm done
to innocent civilians. I am fully convinced that there was no soldier who
shot for no reason out of a desire for revenge. I don't know of any such
cases.

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