Posted by: sean | April 26, 2007

Israeli soldiers using Palestinians as human shields

I was watching CNN International earlier with my roommate, and there was a segment on about Israeli soldiers using Palestinians as human shields during military raids in the West Bank. They showed footage of Israeli soldiers pushing a young Palestinian in front of them as they had their weapons out and stayed behind him in case there was a gunfight.

I made a comment that it’s funny seeing this when the Israelis, and their supporters in the US, are constantly accusing Hezbollah of using human shields. Then my roommate looked at me and made this astute comment: “The difference is that if Hezbollah uses human shields, at least they use their own people.”

This is one of the incidents the CNN segment reported on, but the video footage they showed was during a raid with brandished M16s, not forcing Palestinians to shield their vehicles from stone throwers.

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