Haaretz, Sep. 20, 2016


Dayan is no hypocrite. He knows full well that the commanders who served under his uncle, Moshe Dayan — who was chief of staff during the 1956 Sinai operation and defense minister during the Six-Day War in 1967 — committed war crimes. In at least three instances, battalion commanders whose subordinates ordered soldiers to murder prisoners became chief of staff or defense minister. These atrocities began in the War of Independence in 1948, were treated leniently (there was a general amnesty during the early days of the state), and continued uninterrupted and unreported. Last week, Haaretz revealed one such case of Israel Defense Forces soldiers murdering dozens of prisoners from an Arab army during one of Israel’s wars.

[...] [...][G]enerations of IDF soldiers have not been taught that the commandment “Thou shalt not murder” applies to prisoners as well.