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Posted on Nov 21, 2010
AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

Fire from Israeli military operations lights up the night sky over Gaza City in 2009.

The two Israeli soldiers who infamously used a 9-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during Israel’s 2009 war on Gaza have avoided jail time, getting off with demotions and three-month suspended sentences. —JCL

The Guardian:

Two Israeli soldiers who used a nine-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield were today given suspended sentences and demoted after being convicted of “inappropriate conduct”.

The unnamed soldiers, from the Givati Brigade, ordered Majeh Rabah, from the Tel al-Hawa neighbourhood in Gaza City, to check bags for explosives in January 2009, towards the end of Israel’s three-week offensive. The Israel Defence Force handbook forbids the use of human shields, known as “neighbour procedure” .

The pair, who completed their compulsory military service 18 months ago, were convicted last month after a closed military trial that became a cause célèbre among soldiers who claim they are being victimised following international criticism over Israel’s actions during the war.

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By Nate, November 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment
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Israel has never been held accountable for squat by the
international community for committing crimes against
humanity and the killing of Muslims, Christians and
even Jews (Rachel Corrie)!!! Why should we expect them
to hold themselves accountable? This is laughable!!!
Shame on the USA!!!

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By Robert, November 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Israel’s brutal army/IDF kill/murder 9 year old palestinian boys, girls, grandmothers, Arabs, Moslems & Christians…and do NOT spend one (1) hour in prison… they just walk away scott free.

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By PatrickHenry, November 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

Just like pre-civil rights Mississippi justice.

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