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majorvictory
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posted 01 November 2003 01:53 AM      Profile for majorvictory     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
There was a particularly festive atmosphere at the Nirim outpost on August 12, 1949, the eve of Shabbat.

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A week of dusty patrols and pursuits of
infiltrators in the sands of the western Negev
desert was at an end, and the commander of the
hilltop site, Second Lieutenant Moshe, gave the
order to make the preparations for a party. The
tables in the large tent that was used as a mess
hall were arranged in rows, sweets of various
kinds were laid out on them and even a bit of wine
was poured, though not enough to get drunk on. At
exactly 8 P.M. the soldiers took their places and
platoon commander Moshe recited the blessing over
the wine. He then gave a Zionist pep talk,
reiterating the importance of the unit's mission
and the troops' contribution to the infant state.
At the order of his deputy, Sergeant Michael,
Private Yehuda read from the Bible. When he
finished the soldiers burst into song, told jokes,
ate and drank. A merry time was had by all.

Shortly before the end of the party, at about 9:30, the platoon commander asked for quiet. He got up and, with a smile on his face, reminded
the soldiers about the Bedouin girl they had caught earlier that day during a patrol in their sector. They had brought her to the outpost and she was now locked up in one of the huts. Platoon commander Moshe said he was putting forward two options for a vote. The first was that the Bedouin girl would become the outpost's kitchen worker; the second was for the soldiers to have their way with her.

The proposals got an enthusiastic reception. A
melee ensued. The soldiers raised their hands
and the second option was accepted by majority
vote. "We want to fuck," the soldiers chanted.
The commander decided on the order: Squad A on
day one, Squad B on day two and Squad C on day
three. The driver, Corporal Shaul, asked
jokingly, "And what about the drivers? Are they
orphans?" The platoon commander replied that
they were part of the staff squad, together
with the sergeant, the squad commanders, the
cooks, the medic and he himself, of course.



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Mush
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posted 01 November 2003 09:26 AM      Profile for Mush     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
So, it's off to the International Court of Justice for the lot of you?

naaaaahhhhhhh


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lagatta
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posted 01 November 2003 10:07 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
That is horrific - and unfortunately usual behaviour for invading armies. Remember the recent revelations about the US torture squadrons in Vietnam? Wonder how long it will be until the revelations about the current "coalition" behaviour come out.

Obviously there is another subtext to this vicious story of military machism. A lot of the young troops were Holocaust survivors and witnessed similar atrocities against their own families. Guess that is what one calls the cycle of abuse.


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beluga2
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posted 01 November 2003 02:18 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This article made me ill.

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So, it's off to the International Court of Justice for the lot of you?

Unfortunately, the ICC doesn't have jurisdiction over anything that happened before its creation in July 2002. Too bad.


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Mishei
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posted 01 November 2003 02:24 PM      Profile for Mishei     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This is utterly despicable behaviour. As far as I am concerned anyone still alive today who participated in this crime should be brought to justice.

[ 01 November 2003: Message edited by: Mishei ]


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Mush
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posted 01 November 2003 03:48 PM      Profile for Mush     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by beluga2:

Unfortunately, the ICC doesn't have jurisdiction over anything that happened before its creation in July 2002. Too bad.


Jeez...is that body going to be able to do anything at all? I wonder if Israel is a signatory, if the US isn't?


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beluga2
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posted 01 November 2003 04:10 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
I wonder if Israel is a signatory

Nope.

Surprised?

They probably objected to this clause in the Rome Statute:

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2. For the purpose of this Statute, "war crimes" means: ...

(b) Other serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict, within the established framework of international law, namely, any of the following acts: ...

(viii) The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory;

-- Article 8, 2 (b) (viii)



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