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    • r cummings
    • 21.03.10 | 14:43 (IST)

    Soldiers are provided with shields against stone throwers, they do not generally shoot them. Trained soldiers could disarm a youth with a pitchfork in a second, it is unnecessary to shoot them. OK, Israel's is a conscript army with lower standards of professionalism, but even conscript soldiers do not generally shoot civilian demonstrators outside of Burma or Iran. It comes down to the military, politically-sanctioned Rules of Engagement. These are very strict in Western countries, a long list of what is not allowed, and soldiers who break them face courts martial and charge in a civil court. It seems the ROEs are very lax in Israel, at least when it comes to Arabs. It smells of a racist culture, where Arab lives are widely seen as cheap and expendable and any punishment meted out is 'justifiable' because they are, after all, only Arabs. We all wait to hear of the first ever stone-throwing, Arab-beating settler extremist shot by the IDF on similar flimsy grounds.

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    First published 09:51 21.03.10 | Last updated 11:01 31.03.10
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