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Soldiers Deployed in Beita Sleep Well

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The Israel Defense Forces educates and trains its soldiers well. Its commanders are kept up-to-date, they keep their comrades-in-arms informed and they conduct briefings before and after every mission.

Wounding and killing Palestinian demonstrators are not mistakes. If they were localized mistakes the lessons would have been learned and this would have stopped long ago. Firing at unarmed Palestinian civilians is part of the noncombat legacy, which generations of Israeli soldiers, who are convinced of their heroism, have been taught. The license to kill and wound unarmed people is granted in the context of the soldiers’ training and while they are fulfilling their role as the army of defense for the settlement enterprise.

IDF soldiers are very familiar with their weapons and ammunition. They are taught when to hold fire and when to shoot. When and how to aim high, or aim low. When to use lethal ammunition, and when and how to make nonlethal ammunition dangerous. That’s why various conclusions can be drawn from the army’s conduct in the past two months, while suppressing Palestinian demonstrations against the invasion of the Evyatar settlers into Mount Sabih, to land belonging to the villages of Beita, Qabalan and Yatma.

• The soldiers who killed four Beita residents on four separate days of demonstrations and wounded dozens of others with live fire, intended to cause serious injury, if not to kill. Their skill and their weapons attest to that.

• They wouldn’t shoot to wound or to kill without........

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