The BBC is reporting that the Israeli Army used two Palestinian children and one young man as human shields during a raid on Nablus, located in the northern part of the West Bank. Using human shields is considered illegal under both Israeli and international law.

This claim of unethical behavior comes from the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem. They have written testimonies from both children, ‘Amid ‘Amirah, 15, and Jihan Dadush, 11, along with one from the adult who was also used as a human shield, Samah ‘Amirah, 24. All three claim to have been taken from their homes early in the morning and forced at gunpoint to enter rooms in front of the Israeli soldiers. This is expressly forbidden by Israeli military law, although Palestinians have used it from time to time.

This is the fourth time in under a year where B’Tselem has documented evidence of the Israeli army using civilians as human shields. Although the Attorney General spoke of eagerness to bring about justice in this case, the Israeli judicial system is traditionally very lethargic in getting closure in these types of cases.

Nathaniel Jonet

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