RAMALLAH – Many Israelis like to believe, and the cliché is repeated regularly in Israel, that their army is the "most moral army in the world."
However, following the Gaza war which left 1,400 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, some Israelis have begun to question this.
Furthermore, the fatal shooting of four Palestinian teenagers in the course of 24 hours over the weekend, in highly questionable circumstances, has forced the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to investigate the incident amid contradictory statements issued by the soldiers involved.
In the last few weeks violent protests have been breaking out all over the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in protest of Israel’s continued Judaization of the eastern sector of the city.
This has involved the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem to make way for illegal Israeli settlers.
Kelly Stark, an American activist with the International Solidarity Movement, was shot at close-range with a rubber-coated metal bullet the size of a large marble. Israeli military law says the bullets can only be shot from a distance of 40 meters and at the legs.
Stark was not involved in stone-throwing and was standing with a group of medics. She underwent surgery to remove the bullet lodged in her arm which fractured her wrist.