Posted by The Jerusalem Times on Saturday, December 22, 2017 09:03:50 The Israeli army has a history of making headlines when it comes to what it considers to be illegal activities and its crackdowns on Palestinians who seek to do so.
But what has the IDF done to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip?
The article below explores this.
Read moreThe Israeli army, which is the de facto occupying power in the territories, is also responsible for the continued violence, including the shooting and killing of civilians, including women and children.
It is the main reason why Palestinians in Gaza have been subjected to what Israeli soldiers call “unjustified” attacks, such as the shelling of homes and shops by rockets and mortar shells that are fired from Gaza.
But in recent years, the IDF has been taking a much more nuanced approach to the conflict with the Palestinians, including a greater reliance on the use of “human shields”, or those who wear black clothes and masks and are prepared to act as human shields.
According to the IDF, it is only in recent months that it has started to use human shields, particularly in response to attacks by Hamas.
This is the view of the Israeli military, which has taken a number of steps, including deploying extra troops and the use by soldiers of “lethal weapons” in response.
But there is another layer to this story: there are also signs that the army is considering the use as well of “smart weapons” to protect itself from attacks.
These “smart” weapons include “missiles” and drones, which can fly at high altitudes and are capable of carrying missiles, drones and even missiles, to hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, the Westbank and in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
It is a controversial view in Israel, where the army has long been criticised for using its military to protect its interests in the area, and in particular its right to defend its borders, in the event of an Israeli attack.
It has also been criticized by human rights groups, who believe that these “smart bombs” are not a good way to defend civilians, particularly children, who are often among the most vulnerable targets of Israeli strikes.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the occupied West Bank, which represents around 100,000 people in the territory, told Al Jazeera that the IDF’s use of the “smart bomb” tactic has created a “new type of warfare”, as civilians are left unprotected.
“The IDF has used this tactic to kill hundreds of civilians.
We are concerned about the effects on civilians, and how this will affect their ability to defend themselves,” said Mashaal Shaban, an activist with the Red Crescent in the Occupied West Bank (Omdurman).
In recent months, the Israeli army also has been carrying out raids on homes, and it has arrested some Palestinian women in an attempt to intimidate them.
These raids have been criticised by human right groups for causing “institutionalised gender discrimination” against Palestinians, and have even been condemned by Israel’s defence minister, Moshe Ya’alon, who said in a speech last month that the Israeli government “cannot be trusted” with the lives of women and girls.
In fact, the latest Israeli crackdown on Palestinian activists comes after the recent arrest of two Palestinian women on suspicion of incitement.
The Israeli military has not yet responded to Al Jazeera’s request for comment on the report.