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Israeli Army Commander Admonishes Troops

Israel’s military must hold itself to the highest moral standards even under the most trying circumstances, the army chief said Tuesday, after an elite unit was suspended on suspicion it killed a wounded and unarmed Palestinian militant. Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon spoke a day after a senior officer told a parliamentary committee he believed some 20 percent of soldiers had racist attitudes toward Palestinians and that the behavior of troops at roadblocks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was sometimes problematic. In recent weeks, high-level officers have made a series of admissions that they were concerned about their soldiers’ conduct during more than four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, much of it in densely populated urban areas. Israeli human rights group “B’tselem” charged Monday that Palestinian witnesses said Islamic Jihad militant Mahmoud Kamil Dobie, 25, was conscious and unarmed when troops shot him to death in the West Bank village of Raba on Friday. Full Story

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