The IDF has just appointed (Hebrew) Lt. Col. Gur Schreibman as commander of the notorious Shayetet 13, the IDF equivalent of U.S. Navy SEALS. Shayetet 13 was the unit which perpetrated the Mavi Marmara massacre and indeed, Schreibman was a commander who participated in that killing field operation. Forensic review of the evidence and Turkish dead reveals most of them were shot at point-blank range, execution style. Lest any Americans among us get too smug, our Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden in cold blood as well.
In any normal country, such news would be announced publicly. But in Israel, to shield such commanders from war crimes prosecution, Israel has determined to keep such identities secret. Which is why I reveal it here, since I, unlike Israel, believe in transparency in affairs of state.
During Cast Lead, Schreibman commanded a reconnaissance battalion of the Givati Brigade that was part of that other Palestinian killing field in which 1,400 were killed, 300 of whom were children. He received a special Chief of Staff award for his service in that operation.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.