558. There is evidence that some soldiers killed Palestinian women and children in cold-blood by shooting them at close range (see above paras 226-258). This evidence has been confirmed by the testimony of members of the IDF at a course at the Oranim Academic College in Israel to the effect that soldiers killed women and children in cold-blood with no remorse, scrawled graffiti on Palestinian walls and destroyed the content of homes in a wanton fashion (see above, paras 60-69). Such testimony might be viewed as evidence of wanton, reckless behaviour, rather than genocidal intent were it not for the fact the soldiers also speak of military rabbis encouraging the belief that they were engaged in a religious war and should not show mercy to the non- Jewish enemy who should be expelled from the holy land.
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