Confessions from israeli military should make the ICC’s work easy

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Israeli soldier testimonials stoke Gazans’ claims of war crimes

Breaking the Silence, an organization founded in 2002 to document the Israeli army’s activities in the occupied territories, surprised Palestinians on May 4 with a report on the 2014 Gaza war. The 240-page “This Is How We Fought in Gaza,” published in English and Hebrew, features 111 testimonials by 60 Israeli soldiers and officers who participated in Operation Protective Edge.

According to the report, the Gaza war, which lasted 50 days, claimed the lives of more than 2,200 Palestinians and wounded more than 11,000, most of them civilians. In addition, the total population of Gaza is slightly less than 1.8 million, and more than half a million of them were displaced. Some neighborhoods were completely destroyed.

Avner Gvaryahu from Breaking the Silence said on May 7 that the army had weakened the rules of engagement for opening fire and that its command had deceived officers and soldiers in the field, telling them that there…

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