In recent weeks I was on the border of Gaza and getting reports from soldiers in the Gaza Strip who leak information out to me. I am in the process of publication of two big stories in major U.S. newspapers, but there are some things I can share with you right now: Soldiers in two different units inside Gaza leaked information about the murdering of Palestinians by sniper fire in Shuja’iyya neighborhood as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units.
After the shooting on the Israeli armored personnel carriers, which killed seven soldiers of the Golani Brigade, the Israeli army carried out a massacre in Shuja’iyya neighborhood [July 20, 2014]. A day after the massacre, many Palestinians came to search for their relatives and their families in the rubble. In one of the videos uploaded to YouTube, a young Palestinian man Salem Shammaly calls the names of his family and looking for them between the ruins when he is suddenly shot at in his chest and falls down. A few seconds after that, there are two additional shootings from snipers into his body, killing him instantly.
Since the video was released, there was no official response from the IDF spokesperson. Today I can report that the official command that was handed down to the soldiers in Shujaiyya was to capture Palestinian homes as outposts. From these posts, the soldiers drew an imaginary red line, and amongst themselves decided to shoot to death anyone who crosses it. Anyone crossing the line was defined as a threat to their outposts, and was thus deemed a legitimate target.
A video report showing the apparently fatal shooting of an unarmed Palestinian civilian, recorded on Sunday in Gaza City by a local activist. International Solidarity Movement Palestine, via YouTube.
Joe Catron, a human rights activist who witnessed the shooting [July 20, 2014] and documented the incident in photographs posted on Flickr, said in a telephone interview from Gaza that, although it seemed certain the young man would die without emergency medical treatment, the rest of the small party with which he was traveling had no choice but to retreat when shelling resumed in the area after the filming had stopped.
An illustration how well state propaganda works. Exactly why U.S. soldiers died in Vietnam, I was a kid but an what older Polish immigrant neighbour sent his only son to Vietnam to fight the commies over there. He gave his life for his father’s revenge. In following article, David Siegel from the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles stated: “… to really defend the civilized world against the threat of Islamic terrorism.”
(Salem News) – Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America and had a passion for Israel. Their love of that nation led both to join the Israel Defense Forces and fight against Hamas in Gaza Strip, where they were killed on Sunday.
Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians who died during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.
Steinberg was part of an elite Golani infantry unit and had been working to locate terrorist tunnels and rocket launchers in Saja’iya when his armored vehicle was hit by an anti-tank rocket, said David Siegel, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles.
Stuart Steinberg, whose family lives in the San Fernando Valley in California, said his son was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade.
Carmeli, 21, a sergeant, was from South Padre Island, Texas, said Maya Kadosh, deputy consul general of Israel to the Southwest.
He had moved to Israel four years ago and joined the Israeli army after finishing high school there. He was also part of the Golani Brigade, said Rabbi Asher Hecht of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley, a longtime family friend.
“He had great energy, yet had a kind and gentle soul,” Hecht said. “We lost a gem.”
He visited Israel for the first time on a Birthright Israel trip with his younger brother and sister in June 2012, his father said. When he returned, he told his family that he was planning to return and join the Israel Defense Forces.
On Sunday, the Steinbergs were visited by representatives from the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles and told about the death.
“They’re a very strong family but they’re obviously dealing with a tremendous tragedy,” Siegel said.
Max Steinberg “made a commitment to the state of Israel … to really defend the civilized world against the threat of Islamic terrorism,” Siegel said.
Via a German forum Sondereinheiten, this link to the elite Golani Brigade part of special forces Isayeret.