Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl (From the British Guardian)
An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.
The manner of Iman's killing, and the revelation of a tape recording in which the captain is warned that she was just a child who was "scared to death", made the shooting one of the most controversial since the Palestinian intifada erupted five years ago even though hundreds of other children have also died.
In the recording, a soldier in a watchtower radioed a colleague in the army post's operations room and describes Iman as "a little girl" who was "scared to death". After soldiers first opened fire, she dropped her schoolbag which was then hit by several bullets establishing that it did not contain explosive. At that point she was no longer carrying the bag and, the tape revealed, was heading away from the army post when she was shot.
Following the verdict, Capt R burst into tears, turned to the public benches and said: "I told you I was innocent."
They all are innocent. They will always be innocent. After all, the life of a Palestinian child is nothing but a waste of oxygen.
The army's initial investigation concluded that the captain had "not acted unethically"
Now I know what they mean when they say the Israeli Army is the most Ethical army on the world.
And suddenly, I feel enlightened. Thank you Israel.