Court: Soldiers endangered Palestinian boy – Israel News, Ynetnews

Two Givati soldiers convicted of ordering 9-year old Palestinian boy to open bags suspected of containing explosives during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. Parents show up in shirts that say: We are all Goldstone’s victims

Roi Mandel

Published: 10.03.10, 10:09 / Israel News
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Now the soldiers are in line to receive a prison sentence of up to three years. Parents and friends of the two showed up in court wearing shirts that said: We are all Goldstone‘s victims.

The soldiers were convicted of ordering the boy to open a number of suitcases and bags that were found in a building located in the neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa, which they suspected may contain explosives.

The boy opened a number of bags and spread out their contents, and when he feared opening the last one they removed him from the vicinity and fired at it. He was then returned to his mother.

Though the incident took place on January 15, 2009, the indictment was filed only in March, after the two had already been discharged from the elite unit in which they had been serving.

Before the trial, which took place behind closed doors, the combat soldiers said they felt betrayed by their commanders, who they say sent them on a highly dangerous mission and then rewarded them with an indictment despite the fact that no harm had actually been done.

During the trial, the soldiers’ lawyer said the case reeked of the will to please the international community, which heaped criticism on Israel regarding the operation.

Court: Soldiers endangered Palestinian boy – Israel News, Ynetnews.

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