Parents of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops.UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called Israel's actions in defending itself, "atrocious." I wonder what he'd call this?
One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire. If soldiers fired, the parent added, the child’s death could be used as propaganda against Israel.
“They’re continuing the same trick of using children as human shields, just as they did in Operation Cast Lead,” one father said. Women are used as human shields as well, he added.
He expressed frustration at figures on the Israeli far-left who have accused IDF soldiers of committing war crimes. Israel’s soldiers do everything they can to avoid hurting innocent people, he said.
The parents’ testimony joins previous evidence of similar crimes, including reports from UNRWA that a school building was used to store rockets, and a video showing terrorists using an ambulance to escape the site of an attack.
Hamas has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields during Operation Protective Edge.
This little tidbit of information will not be widely disseminated. And Hamas knows it. Every Palestinian civilian casualty will be chalked up to Jewish bloodlust, or Israeli negligence and not a deliberate tactic of Hamas to gain world sympathy.
Some may sneer at this information, calling it wartime propaganda. Many will accept that explanation because it's simply beyond the ken of our understanding to believe that any humans are capable of such cruelty. But using children as human shields - like storing rockets in schools - is part of the Palestinian modus operandi and has been for decades.
They are not likely to change tactics anytime soon.
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