Israeli commander on trial for orders to shoot 3-year-olds who enter forbidden zone

Harpers has an excerpt of a radio communication between an Israeli commander and his subordinates. He faces a maximum of three years in prison. SENTRY: We spotted an Arab female about 100 meters below our emplacement, near the light armored vehicle gate.HEADQUARTERS: Observation post “Spain,” do you see it?OBSERVATION POST: Affirmative, it’s a young girl. She’s now running east….HQ: Are you talking about a girl under ten?OP: Approximately a ten-year-old girl….cc [to HQ]: We fired and killed her. She has . . . wearing pants . . . jeans and a vest, shirt. Also she had a kaffiyeh on her head. I also confirmed the kill. Over.HQ: Roger.CC [on general communications band]: Any motion, anyone who moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, should be killed. Over.LinkIt’s amazing how sociopaths are given guns and power in wartime, yet they get off with light sentences when they go bat-shit crazy, as if the people in charge expected it.

2006.01.24