7 thoughts on “IDF Testimony of Possible War Crimes – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Thank you for this translation Richard. This should be published more broadly in English and I hope it will be. Also I am relieved there are still soldiers that can feel some conscience and that they are not all yet brought up to hate and dehumanize all Arabs.

    I wonder how many Israeli’s will read this and still feel their own consciences and will be moved and shocked by it or whether it will be rationalized in some way as I just experienced a few days ago when still in Israel with friends.

    To that thought I add that I am grateful for articles like Bronner’s in yesterday’s NYT After Gaza, Israel Grapples with Crisis if Isolation

    ie the reaction internationally (including amongst Jews) to Operation Cast Lead coupled with the rise of Netanyahu/Lieberman.

    The reaction in Israel seems to be “they don’t know what we are up against” and so the remedy is a more effective PR campaign and the need go back into Gaza and get the job done.

    My experience from this trip is very limited. Friends who I consider on the “left” are outwardly very much on the defensive about the need to use force but also show concern and worry about how Israel appears to the rest of the world.

  2. I don’t expect an IDF investigation to be anything more than a whitewash. The real villains will probably escape, or get a slap on the wrist.

    And not because it’s Israel–I doubt that any military organization anywhere is capable of conducting an investigation that would go after people at the very top. You get some honest people within the organization (like General Taguba when he investigated Abu Ghraib), but there are limits on what one honest person can do in a morally corrupt organization.

    Sharon got a slap on the wrist after Sabra and Shatila, but in a just world he probably should have gone to jail. Actually, in a just world he’d have gone to jail after Qibya.

  3. Good to know there men like Zamir in the army. I’m frightened to think what the next war will look like. the level of dehumanization of Palestinians, exemplified by those t -shirts, is clearly rising.

  4. Valuable translation here; it is becoming increasingly difficult to cover over the IDF’s policy of indiscriminate killing of civilians. It won’t change though unless pressure is brought from Israeli civil society or put on Israel by the US. both look some way off now.

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