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Re: Re: Read the verbatim “Breaking the Silence” testimony for yourself
Derek Summerfield suggests that his critics read “Breaking the Silence,” posted on the internet. I have done so and suggest that his supporters also read it.
In these 78 pages of testimony, we find three accounts of armed Palestinian police killed, a number of accidental killings in battle zones, orders to shoot to kill terrorists who occupied the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, accidental destruction of a car, orders to shoot at the legs of people throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, and failed efforts that, if carried out, might have involved civilian deaths. In the entire testimony, there are four cases of concern: an adolescent killed while climbing on a military vehicle, a man shot while removing a dead body, a child killed while touching a roadblock, and a civilian killed during an arrest. All occurred in war zones while Israeli soldiers were under fire.
The soldiers who provided this testimony speak honestly about war, and they live in a society where these concerns will be vetted and debated openly. This is a credit to Israeli society and again points out the vast difference between Israel and its foes, whose leadership has chosen war and terror as a strategy for its aims.
Once again, Summerfield’s selectivity and bias point to politics and not true human rights concerns.
Competing interests: The author chairs the Medical/Public Health Task Force of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
Steven M. Albert, PhD, MSPH
Behavioral & Community Health Sciences
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
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