Avnery uses a beautiful adage, the ‘feel of truth,’ to valorize the soldiers’ testimonies from Gaza

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Uri Avnery on the Breaking the Silence testimonies from Gaza:

The generals went automatically into denial mode. Why don’t the
soldiers disclose their identity, they asked innocently. Why do they
obscure their faces in the video testimonies? Why do they hide their
names and units?

How can we be sure that they are not actors reading a text prepared
for them by the enemies of Israel? How do we know that this
organization is not manipulated by foreigners, who finance their
actions? And anyhow, how do we know that they are not lying out of

One can answer with a Hebrew adage: “It has the feel of Truth”.
Anyone who has ever been a combat soldier in war, whatever war,
recognizes at once the truth in these reports. Each of them has met a
soldier who is not ready to return home without an X on his gun showing
that he killed at least one enemy. (One such person appears in my book
“The Other Side of the Coin”, which was written 60 years ago and
published in English last year as the second part of “1948: A soldier’s
Tale”.) We have been there.

The testimonies about the use of phosphorus, about massive
bombardment of buildings, about “the neighbor procedure” (using
civilians as human shields), about killing “everything that moves”,
about the use of all methods to avoid casualties on our side – all
these corroborate earlier testimonies about the Gaza War, there can be
no reasonable doubt about their authenticity. I learned from the report
that the “neighbor procedure” is now called “Johnny procedure”, God
knows why Johnny and not Ahmad.

8 Responses

  1. Vietnamese American
    July 19, 2009, 5:10 pm

    Johhnys are the new Charlies. Vietnamese or Palestinians, they are the so labeled natives fighting all the foreign or treasonous interlopers claiming (sometimes competing) ideological rights over the people of Vietnam and their land.

  2. IrishWhiskey
    July 19, 2009, 8:30 pm

    Uri is a true hero. The hasabra machine is strong but weakening.

  3. DICKERSON3870
    July 19, 2009, 9:46 pm

    RE: "The hasabra machine is strong but weakening." SEE: "US group rallies Israeli soldiers to combat Gaza allegations", By Joshua Mitnick, CS Monitor, 07/17/09 (EXCERPT) TEL AVIV – One day after an Israeli group released a 112-page booklet of soldier testimoniesalleging the military had a lax open-fire policy during Israel’s 22-day January offensive in Gaza, soldiers organized by an American non-profit have recorded their own testimonies insisting the IDF did the best it could to reduce collateral damage. The organization Breaking the Silence outraged the Israeli army by presenting accounts on Wednesday of callousness toward the Palestinians from more than two dozen anonymous former soldiers. The army, which was given a copy of the booklet less than 24 hours ahead of publication, strenuously insisted that the anonymous nature of the stories made them impossible to investigate or verify and thus unreliable. Now the foot soldiers upset by the allegations have come forward to push back. The testimonials are meant to show the humane side of the much-maligned Israeli army, and can be found at Soldiersspeakout.com – a subsidiary of Stand With Us International, an Los Angeles non-profit which seeks to boost Israeli public relations…. ENTIRE ARTICLE – ” target=”_blank”>http://features.csmonitor.com/globalnews/2009/07/…

  4. normalview
    July 20, 2009, 2:01 am

    Stand With US is a zionist PR organization. By default, US taxpayers fund it via the usual NonProfit Org scam.

  5. Richard01
    July 20, 2009, 2:49 am

    Uri Avnery's column, every Sunday, is a must-read. Coming from a veteran of the first war for Israel's independence, they have a strong resonance. Had the attitudes (publicly spoken) of the IOF been known in the 1940s and later, they would have been called Nazi commands. . And so they should be today There is no excuse for these trained killers of the native population of Palestine any more. See: ” target=”_blank”>” target=”_blank”>http://blog.prospect.org/blog/ezraklein/oliphant_…

  6. IrishWhiskey
    July 20, 2009, 12:11 pm

    Much like NGO-Monitor which has been attacking HRW and Amnesty International. The ICRC and various UN bodies are also on the receiving end. Perhaps, FOX viewers don't see it, but, from what I read, public opinion is starting to shout 'enough' whilst the US and EU sit on their hands despite the ongoing colonisation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the blockade of 1.4m human beings in Gaza. Did I mention Gaza's offshore gas? Tony Blair managed to scupper a deal whereby it was to be pumped ashore in Egypt.

  7. lovelyisrealis
    July 20, 2009, 1:47 pm

    The analogy with the Vietnamese needs to be stressed. They were the evil enemy all through my childhood, yet they triumphed against unimaginable odds. Today, everyone with a brain understands their cause was just and ours was not.

  8. Thom
    July 22, 2009, 12:00 pm

    Really? Because it feels like lies to me. Typical Palestinian supporter, lie and then say “well it could have happened”.

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