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Head of Israeli organization: We used Palestinians as human shields

Head of Israeli organization: We used Palestinians as human shields

Founder of Shovrim Shtika (Breaking the Silence) organization, Yehuda Shaul, admitted on Tuesday that he had used Palestinians as human shields dozens of times while serving in the Israeli army.

In an interview with the Chinese TV network earlier in June, Shaul stated that he had used hundreds of Palestinians as human shields while in military service, according to the Hebrew website NRG.

The website reported that Shaul, who served three years as a soldier in al-Khalil and who currently heads “Breaking the Silence” organization, said that when an Israeli force was sent to arrest Palestinian youths, it would use neighbors as human shields so that they would be shot instead of the Israeli soldiers in case there was an armed clash.

Breaking the Silence was founded in 2004 by Israeli army veterans who served in the occupied Palestinian territories especially in al-Khalil.

It was established to collect testimonies about the Israeli army’s practices especially in the second Intifada in 2000 and even during the last two aggressions on the Gaza Strip.

The organization’s goals include raising awareness in all fields and ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Breaking the Silence documented hundreds of testimonies by soldiers demobilized from military service which include committing abuses, property demolitions and extrajudicial killings against the Palestinians with the presence of evidence proving that senior officers were aware of all these crimes.

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