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Israeli military decides that order to attack Palestinian clinic in ‘revenge’ was acceptable

By Celine Hagbard | IMEMC | June 15, 2016

In a precedent-setting decision Tuesday, the Israeli military decided not to press charges against a senior officer who ordered his troops to bombard a hospital in Gaza in 2014 to reportedly “raise their morale” with a “revenge attack” after another officer was killed.

The officer, Lieutenant Colonel Neria Yeshurun, told military investigators that he was mad that he and the soldiers were unable to attend the funeral of an officer who was killed a few days before, so “we decided to fire a volley of shells toward the point from which he lost his life.”

According to the Israeli paper Ha’aretz, Major Amihai Harch, Yeshurun’s commander, said at the time, “The only unusual thing [Yeshurun] did was that he put the incident on top of the eulogy to Dima, the company commander who was killed. That was certainly to raise [morale]. And I say to you on the level of facts — that raised morale and encouraged the soldiers to continue the mission.”

These admissions were made directly to the military investigators in Yeshurun’s case, but were not deemed sufficient to place any charges on the officer.

Although Israeli military policy says that revenge attacks are not allowed, former soldiers have reported that they are common practice in Israeli military units.

The shelling of the clinic was part of a larger attack on the Sheja’eyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza, in which more than 120 Palestinian civilians were killed in a single night during the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014. The 50-day long invasion resulted in more than 1400 Palestinians killed, including more than 400 children, and 91 Israelis, mainly soldiers killed during the invasion of Gaza.

The night of killings in Sheja’eyya became known to Palestinians as the Sheja’eyya massacre. Throughout the night, the shelling of the neighborhood was continuous, affecting every home – most of the neighborhood was completely destroyed, and many of those killed were crushed in the rubble of their own homes. Survivors ran through the streets carrying babies and children, desperate to escape the continuous Israeli assault.

The attack took place on July 31st, 2014, just a day after the bombing of a school where families had taken refuge. About the attack on the school, UN Secretary General stated, “I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable, and it demands accountability and justice. Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” Since the time of the attack, there has been no accountability for the soldiers involved, and no charges.

Former Israeli soldier turned whistleblower Eran Efrati published accounts at the time, in August 2014, from soldiers in two different units reporting that their commanding officers had ordered them to carry out attacks against civilians in order to ‘revenge’ for soldiers who had been killed.

June 15, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. The country that never lets the World forget “The Holocaust”, is now imposing another Holocaust on the Palestinian people………So Israel is no better than Nazi Germany…….

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | June 15, 2016 | Reply

  2. In my not so humble opinion, the actions of revenge by the Israeli military, though officially forbidden by Israeli officials but practiced “on a daily basis” as admitted by Israeli soldiers, is admitting to a. war-crimes, b. the immoral attitude among Israeli soldiers, c. the total unethical and immoral way of thinking among the military leaders, commanders and officers of the Israeli military, and d. the under international strictly forbidden practice of attacking or otherwise damaging the wounded and the facilities of were the wounded are located!

    The Israeli military, hailed by the Israeli people as the most humane military existing on the globe, is guilty of the same atrocities as the military of the national-socialists who killed in revenge the ancestors of the present day people of the state of Israel!
    And as such, the Israeli military, and its civil leaders must be held responsible as well as accountable for the atrocities they have committed, are committing and will be committing while occupying the Palestinian territories!

    While the world accept the war-crimes committed by the state of Israel, condones them on the basis of the suffering of the Jewish people in the past by the hands of the national-socialists of adolf hitler and his fellow criminals, the world is complicit to the suffering of the Palestinian people, and I call upon the world herewith and hereby, to stand up against a regime that feels and thinks it “good for moral” to bomb hospitals, kill people and hold innocent people prison without any charge or conviction!

    No one should be subjected to a system that allows its military to kill knowingly and purposely people in hospitals, and those who do such acts, such atrocities must be punished, and the regime that makes it acceptable that such atrocities happen must be removed from the earth, as the system that regarded it acceptable to put innocent people in gas-chambers!

    Anyone supporting the system that allows its military to bomb hospitals, and regards it as “good for moral”, is complicit to the atrocities committed, and must be punished equally as the regime itself!

    It is unacceptable that people who claim to be the victims of atrocities in the past are allowed or permitted to repeat the same atrocities again, while the world looks away!

    My statement and opinion!

    Comment by masteradrian | June 15, 2016 | Reply

  3. The most immoral military, most immoral regime and most immoral colonialist ideology on the planet — all elements of the criminally psychotic Zioentity so-called Israel.

    Comment by roberthstiver | June 16, 2016 | Reply

  4. ‘Israel’: cancer of this earth – drenched in Palestinian blood.

    Comment by Mhara Costello | June 17, 2016 | Reply


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