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Caught out: IDF used human shields; Lebanon war planned in advance

who-is-the-terrorist.gifA few Quick Links to news over the past few days that Israel’s IDF has used human shields (outlawed in both international and Israeli law) and Olmert’s admission that the war on Lebanon had been planned for months in advance.

Olmert’s leaked statement contradicts earlier official claims and is merely confirmation for many of us, but embarrassing news to any propagandists still touting the line that the war last July started because Hezbollah captured a few Israeli combatants:

Guardian (9 March) :: Gush Shalom / Uri Avnery (10 March) :: Lawrence of Cyberia (3 March)

IDF Used Human Shields:

BBC :: B’Tselem (8 March) | Alert Net (16 March)

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