Israel Gives Award to Israeli Snipers for Deadly Crackdown on Unarmed Protesters

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(MPN) — The chief of employees of the Israel Protection Forces (IDF), Gadi Eisenkot, awarded the IDF’s Gaza Division with a “certificates of appreciation” for contributing to “Israel’s safety” by brutally suppressing protests, ongoing since March within the Palestinian enclave.

The controversial award was given because the variety of unarmed Gazan demonstrators wounded by the IDF since March 30 surpassed 22,000 whereas the variety of these killed by the IDF over that very same timeframe reached 198. Since “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014, the IDF’s Gaza Division has sustained one single fatality.

A press release launched by the IDF spokesperson on Wednesday stated:

“The Gaza Division is coping with quite a lot of threats, in opposition to which it stands robust, whereas displaying willpower, creativity and knowledge. It’s working evening and day to defend the residents of the South.”

Throughout the award ceremony, which befell on the Gaza Division’s headquarters in Re’im, Eisenkot told those assembled:

“Over the previous six months you might have handled terror assaults, makes an attempt to violate our sovereignty and numerous terror actions underneath the guise of standard protests involving ladies, youngsters and adults.”

Eisenkot added that the division had “acted responsibly and professionally in a fancy actuality” and deserved “worldwide recognition” for its efforts.

Although generally described by the company Western media as “clashes,” the protests in Gaza contain heavily-armed Israeli snipers firing into crowds of unarmed younger Palestinians. These killed by IDF hearth embrace journalists, medics and kids. IDF troopers are under orders to shoot protesters who get “too shut” to the border fence.

“No Harmless Individuals”

The brutal nature of the repression led Israel Protection Minister Avigdor Lieberman to claim that there aren’t any “innocent people” in Gaza, regardless of the Strip being house to at least one million adolescents and kids; and Israel Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to claim that the one manner for the Gaza border to be “fully quiet” could be for Israel “to beat the Strip.”

Warnings have emerged periodically over the previous 12 months that the IDF is getting ready to “conquer” Gaza. Earlier this 12 months in July, the IDF acknowledged that if “incendiary balloons” and related objects proceed to cross the Gaza-Israel border, Israel might determine it has “no selection” however to embark on a army marketing campaign supposed to “conquer all of Gaza,” in accordance with a report that aired on Israel’s Channel 10 Information on Tuesday and was cited by the Times of Israel. This warning was adopted by a significant IDF drill training “securing management” over Gaza.

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In February, Eisenkot acknowledged that one other Israeli invasion of Gaza was “seemingly” to happen this 12 months. Eisenkot ironically framed the approaching invasion as a strategy to “forestall a humanitarian collapse” in Gaza, suggesting that army motion in opposition to Gazan civilians and infrastructure would in some way enhance the each day lives of the Strip’s inhabitants.

The dire state of affairs in Gaza is broadly believed to be nearing a harmful climax, with the overwhelming majority of Gazan consuming water being non-potable and the UN warning that the whole Strip shall be uninhabitable in lower than two years. The more and more troubling humanitarian state of affairs in Gaza is basically the results of Israel’s blockade of the enclave, now in its 11th 12 months.

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