07 February 2014

No Mistaking Arabs for Civilians

On February 4, the Jerusalem Post announced that Tal Nachman, a 21-year-old captain in the Israeli army had been “shot dead by friendly fire ... after being mistaken for a terrorist near the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip."
Nachman was reportedly shot in the back while sleeping on the top deck of an Israeli armored personnel carrier – not really a trademark behavior of Israel’s enemies. But the extreme paranoia with which Israeli army soldiers are inculcated can occasionally lead to such mistakes.
Arab civilians, on the other hand, are no strangers to such cases of mistaken identity. READ MORE AT AL-AKHBAR.