Israel’s Supreme Court seems to have the same affliction that affects our Supreme Court in the U.S. – an extreme aversion to common sense, morality, and intelligent thought. In the U.S. our courts are working with the ACLU to release more Abu Graib photos, which will lead to American deaths overseas and in Islamic countries (remember the Koran flushing story. In the absence of infidel targets, Muslims will kill each other). In Israel, a military tactic meant to save Palestinian lives has been deemed unconstitutional. The IDF has, in the past, used willing Palestinian civilians to warn home owners before they do a sweep for terrorists, thereby saving lives in many cases. The sole purpose for this tactic is to spare innocent lives while rounding up terrorists. I’m starting to understand why our courts are becoming more and more anti-American/anti-Israel. They have more in common with the Islamists when it comes to morality and ideology. Death is a political tool, and human life means nothing to them.
Israel’s supreme court says the army may no longer use Palestinian non-combatants as “human shields” because doing so violates international law.
In the last few years, the Israeli army has rounded up Palestinians (“willing” Palestinians, the army says; coerced, say critics), using them to knock on neighbors’ doors in cases where the army is about to launch sweeps for wanted terrorists.
The Israeli military considers its use of Palestinian civilians as an early warning system. It says using locals as front-men has saved many Palestinian and Israeli lives, but the court says the practice is illegal.
Civilian or terrorist?
The “human shield” or “early warning” procedure was developed over the last few years to help the army differentiate between innocent Palestinian civilians and terrorists during arrest raids, a military source told Cybercast News Service.
Because terrorists gravitate to crowded neighborhoods for protection, it is hard for soldiers to differentiate between them and innocent civilians.
Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem — one of the petitioners to the High Court — said her organization was very pleased by the decision.
According to Michaeli it is important to differentiate between the goal — saving lives — and the methods being used, which were illegal.
“The point isn’t whether it saves lives or risks lives. It is expressly forbidden by the Geneva Convention,” she said in a telephone interview.
In other words, I don’t care if people die as long as it benefits me politically and agrees with my warped ideological views.