Friday, March 02, 2007

Israeli Soldiers Accused Of Using Human Shields

This from Al-Jazeera:

An Israeli human rights group has accused the country's government of using Palestinians as human shields during its raids on Nablus. The Israeli supreme court banned the practice two years ago.

The claim from B'tselem, a human rights monitor, came after video footage appeared to show Israeli soldiers forcing a man to walk ahead at gunpoint.

If true, this is yet another example of the Israeli army using Palestinians as human shields. Back in July 2006, B'Tselem reported on the Israeli army using civilians from Beit Hanun as human shields during an incursion into Northern Gaza. What's the odds that once more the Israeli government will escape censure for it's human rights abuses?