IDF soldier confesses chilling abuses during summer Gaza War

An IDF soldier comes out regarding chilling offences committed by Israeli soldiers during summer Gaza war, including murder

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The testimonies of Israeli veterans was released on Monday, in a report including the statements of more than 60 soldiers of various ranks, who fought in Gaza in 2014.

According to the report, one soldier states, "If you shoot someone in Gaza, it’s cool," while another describes living in a former home of Palestinians before it was blown up.

The most heart agitating statement was when a veteran said two women were called terrorists simply because they had been shot. "So of course they must have been terrorists," he adds. They turned out to be unarmed civilians, Al Jazeera has reported.

The report was published by the veterans group ‘Breaking the Silence’. In the report, various tactics are revealed which were used by soldiers in the Israeli army during the 50-day war that caused the death of 2,100 Palestinians, with more than 1,500 of those being civilians.

"A troubling picture arises of a policy of indiscriminate fire that led to the deaths of innocent civilians," the group's director Yuli Novak said to AP.

The group says the report contains critical information and was made to show the Israeli public the difficult "reality" of soldiers who serve in Palestinian areas.

"In mid-March we reached out to the chief of staff of the military and sent him a letter asking him to meet urgently in order to discuss the testimonies of the soldiers and we never received a positive response or any response in that regard," Avihai Stollar, research director for Breaking the Silence, told CNN in an interview.

"Aside from that, Breaking the Silence receives its mandate from the public and therefore aims to raise the debate over the conduct of the military within the civil society. History shows that the military does not have the ability or the willingness to question its own policies and regulations and that's why we believe in an independent inquiry in Israel that could bring about any change," he added.

More than 20,000 homes were destroyed and hundreds of thousands are still displaced, according to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.

Many parts of Gaza have yet to be reconstructed due to the fact that they have no access to any material after the Israeli economic blockade on Gaza since 2007.