Saturday, March 03, 2007

IDF Using Palestinians as Human Shields

JERUSALEM -- The young Palestinian man was dressed in shorts and a T-shirt on a cold winter morning as he walked in front of heavily armed Israeli soldiers on a door-to-door sweep of three apartments in a crowded West Bank neighborhood.

The scene -- caught by an Associated Press Television News camera -- has raised questions about whether the Israeli army is still using Palestinian civilians during military operations, despite a Supreme Court order barring the practice. Human rights groups call the tactic a violation of local and international law, saying it places innocent civilians in the line of fire.

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