THE ISRAELI HUMAN SHIELD


A Palestine boy used as a human shield by Israeli Occupation Soldiers, click the image to enlarge it.

By Abu al-Sous (Salah Mansour)*

During the Israeli war on Gaza, Western media propagated Israeli propaganda that the Palestinian resistance have been using their family members as human shields. Sadly, Israeli propaganda is often presented in Western media as facts, and the Israeli version has been accepted with little verification. The goal is simple: dehumanise the Palestinian by showing that he does not care about his family members, and once that is done it becomes much easier to accept him as a legitimist target.

This dehumanizing campaign is as old as the Zionist movement; it was articulated by Golda Meir (a former Israeli Prime Minister) when she said: Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us. This racist and derogatory comment is often propagated in Western media without a second thought to its dehumanizing consequences. It paints the Arab as a sub-human creature, who has neither affection nor love towards his or her children. When I first heard this racist comment from an American, I felt as if he was telling me: you are not much of a human as I”!

To this date, the Israel Occupation Army (IOF) still refuses to comply with orders from the Israeli Supreme Court to stop using Palestinian civilians as human shields (click here for a BBC article about this subject). If the IOF is a “professional army” as it claims and it treats Palestinians according to International Law, then:

  • I wonder why Israel’s highest court would issue such an order?
  • I wonder why IOF refuses to stop using Palestinians as human shields?

It has been an Israeli strategy from the start to use civilian target as a strategic weapon. Israeli leaders assume this would cause the civilian population to pressure Arab leaders to submit to Israeli dictates. Sadly, this Israeli tactic has been historically effective with the corrupt and unpopular Arab leaders who are more interested in protecting their corrupt regimes than defending their countries. The reader should be reminded of the “Grape of Wrath” agreement between Hizbullah and Israel 1996 which restricted both sides from hitting civilian targets. This agreement signaled the end of the Israeli occupation in southern Lebanon, and as a result a new era in the Arab-Israeli conflict have begun where Israel’s deterrence power suffered a major setback. It should be noted that Israel has been determined not to fall into this trap again; that would explain why Israel rejected signing similar agreements with Hamas.


A Palestinian killed by Israeli Occupation Soldiers used as a trophy.

The allegation that Palestinian resistance use their own family members as human shield has been concocted by Zionists to delegitimise any Palestinian resistance, and to deflect from the war crimes that are being perpetrated on the people of Gaza. Palestinians are no different than other colonized people; they’re simply defending their homeland from foreign aggressions. The following list of pictures, articles, movies, and Israeli quotations will conclusively prove that the Israeli Occupation Army is the one who use civilians as human shields.

* Salah Mansour is the founder and editor of PalestineRemembered.com, the largest Palestinian online community.

الدروع البشرية الإسرائيلية
بقلم أبو السوس (صلاح منصور)


صورة لطفل فلسطيني مقيد لدورية إسرائيلية يُستخدم كدرع بشري لحماية الجنود الإسرائيليين من عناصر المقاومة.

تقوم وسائل الإعلام هنا في العالم الغربي بترويج الدعاية الإسرائيلية بأن عناصر المقاومة تستخدم أفراد أسرهم كدروع بشرية، وللأسف الشديد تروج هذه الدعاية العنصرية كأنها حقيقة وقلما يتم التحقق منها قبل نشرها. الهدف من تلك الدعاية العنصرية بسيط وهو تجريد الفلسطيني من إنسانيته، وبذلك يصبح الفلسطيني هدف مشروع ولا يتم التعامل معه كمظلوم أو كضحية.

الحملة لتجريد العربي من إنسانيته حملة قديمة بدأت منذ نشوء الحركة الصهيونية وعبرت عنها غولدا مائير(ورئيس وزراء إسرائيلية سابقة) بوضوح عندما قالت: السلام بيننا وبين العرب سيتحقق عندما يُحب العرب أطفالهم أكثر من كراهيتهم لنا. عادةً تردد هذه المقولة العنصرية في الإعلام الغربي تلقائياً بغض النظر عن العواقب العنصرية لها. فهذه المقولة ترسم في ذهن الغربي صورة غير إنسانية عن العربي لأنها تجرده من العطف والحنان تجاه أطفاله؛ فمن لا يملك مشاعر العطف والحنان لا يمكن أن يكون إنسان. في يوم من الأيام قام أمريكي بترديد هذه المقولة أمامي مما جعلني أشتاط غضباً، فشعرت بأنه يقول لي بأني لست إنسان مثله.

هنا تجدر الإشارة بأن قوات الإحتلال الإسرائيلية لا تزال ترفض الإمتثال لأوامر محكمة العدل العليا الإسرائيلية بالتوقف عن إستخدام المدنيين الفلسطينيين كدروع بشرية (أنقر هنا لمقال من ال ب ب سي عن الموضوع). فإذا كان جيش الإحتلال كما يدعي بأنه “جيش حضاري” يلتزم بالقوانين الدولية:

  • لماذا تصدر محكمة العدل العليا الإسرائيلية أوامر لقوات الإحتلال بالكف عن إستخدام المدنيين كدروع بشرية؟
  • لماذا لا تزال قوات الإحتلال ترفض الإنصياع لتلك الأوامر؟

منذ البداية قامت الحركة الصهيونية بإستهداف المرافق المدنية والمدنيين كسلاح إستراتيجي لتحقيق أهدافها السياسية والعسكرية، وللأسف الشديد سياسة إستهداف المرافق المدنية والمدنيين كانت فعّالة ضد الأنظمة العربية التي يهمها المحافظة على سُلطتها أكثر من حمايتها للوطن من العدوان الصهيوني. هنا يجب التنوية لإتفاقية عناقيد الغضب بين حزب الله وإسرائيل (إتفاقية مضمونه ومراقبة دولياً) التي وُقعت بعد العدوان الإسرائيلي على جنوب لبنان عام 1996. فهذه الإتفاقية نصت على عدم إستهداف المرافق المدنية من كلى الطرفين. فهذا كان الفخ الذي وقع فيه الإحتلال من قبل المقاومة، ومنذ توقيع المعاهدة في 27 نيسان 1996، بدأ العد التنازلي لللإحتلال الإسرائيلي في جنوب لبنان، وذلك يُفسر رفض قبول الإسرائيليون توقيع معاهدة مماثلة مع قوات المقاومة في غزة الصمود.


جنود الإحتلال يأخذون صورة جماعية بعد قتلهم فلسطينياً في خليل الرحمن.

لقد قمنا بجمع العديد من المقالات والصور والأفلام عسى أن يجدها القارئ مفيدة لدحض هذه الدعاية العنصرية:

الرجاء مشاركة هذا المقال مع كل صديق وقريب، ولكم منا جزيل الشكر، والله الموفق.

أنقر هنا إذا ترغب بإضافة تعليقك لهذا المقال

روابط ذات صلة

فرحتنا فقط بعودتنا إن شاء الله
صلاح منصور / أبو السوس
شيكاغو – الولايات المتحدة

13 Comments

  1. D. Richards said,

    January 16, 2009 at 18:26

    Good article. That picture says it all.

    This particular Israeli war crime needs more exposure

    Here’s more on the Israelis’ use of human shields

    Israeli Army Uses Human Shields In defiance Of High Court Ruling

    http://www.btselem.org/English/Human_Shields/Index.asp

    8 March 07: Israeli soldiers use two Palestinian minors as human shields

    http://www.btselem.org/english/human_shields/20070225_human_shields_in_nablus.asp

    20 July 2006: Israeli Soldiers use civilians as Human Shields in Beit Hanun

    http://www.btselem.org/english/Human_Shields/20060720_Human_Shields_in_Beit_Hanun.asp

    Israeli Use Of Human Shields Timeline

    http://www.btselem.org/english/Human_Shields/Timeline_of_Events.asp

    Amnesty International: Israel using Palestinians as human shields

    http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/62959/amnesty-international-israel-using-palestinians-as-human-shields.html

    Israelis accused of ‘human shields’ tactic

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5212870.stm

    Israel’s human shields draw fire

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/jan/02/israel1

    Human Rights Watch, Jenin: IDF Military Operations, VII. Human Shielding and the Use of Civilians for Military Purposes

    http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2002/israel3/israel0502-06.htm

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  3. Ray O Hope said,

    January 16, 2009 at 18:39

    the westren (jewish) media must account for helping the the zionist american death squads in war crimes, the S.O.B must hang with the rest of those savage killers, as we see it they have just as much blood on their hands.

  4. January 16, 2009 at 19:13

    Excellent article – thank you for sharing your research

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  6. MIKE said,

    January 16, 2009 at 19:56

    The picture is dated 2004, why bring it up now, we all know that isreal is full of crap. They have become what they hate, THE NAZIS,
    But maybe worse!!!!!

  7. Dr. Dan said,

    January 16, 2009 at 20:00

    Count the injured Gazans in the SAME WAY the Israelis count THEIR injuries. The measure I am referring to is the one employed by Israel.

    Here is an example of its use. In September 2007, the international media reported that 69 Israeli soldiers had been wounded when Palestinian militants fired a rocket into the Zikim army base near the Gaza Strip. The rocket struck a tent where the soldiers were sleeping.

    It is worth noting the details of the attack. Israeli officials related that, of the 69 wounded, 11 had moderate or severe injuries and one was critically injured. A few more had light wounds. The rest, probably 50 or more, were injured in the sense that they were suffering from shock.

    So, if we apply the same standard to Gaza, that would mean 1.5 million Gazans have been wounded. Or is there still some doubt about whether the weeks of bombardment of Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on earth, have left the entire civilian population in a deep, and possibly permanent, state of shock?

  8. joeland7 said,

    January 16, 2009 at 20:02

    Yes, israel is using ethic cleansing implementing the eugenic program started be the elite.

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  10. Hondo said,

    January 17, 2009 at 05:23

    The illegal state of Israel, the stolen land where murderers thrive certainly needs to be bombed out of existence .The world needs to make sure that the obscenity rendered by the British, with the collusion of other powers , in 1948 never occurs again.

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  12. Hidden Words said,

    January 20, 2009 at 17:34

    It is realy sympathetic. I mean… First they cannont survive on their part of the land so they come into Palestine and then they can’t even protect them selves even though they are heavily armed yet they are in the need of a palestinian human sheild to protect themselves against them(the palestinians).

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