Israeli soldiers are accusing their national military of excessive force and disregard for civilian life in during fighting in the Palestinian Gaza Strip last winter. As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, the soldiers' stories were collected by a group called Breaking the Silence. Kenyon reports:
The soldiers told of rules of engagement that encouraged them to shoot if they had the slightest suspicion; of using Palestinian civilians as human shields, a practice banned by Israel's high court; and of massive destruction of property.
An Israeli military spokesperson said it didn't take the allegations seriously because they were anonymous and lacked enough detail for a military investigation. A United Nations team is examining what happened in Gaza for a report expected in a few weeks.