Hamas’ October 7 Al Aqsa Flood terror assault led to the slaughtering of over 1000 Israeli citizens, which included babies. Some of those deaths, however, may have been from friendly fire. It doesn’t excuse Hamas’ actions, but it calls into question the tactics used by the Israeli military to neutralize the threat. This writer has little doubt the vast majority of those killed were killed by Hamas, but a significant minority may have been killed by panicked responses by the Israeli military.
Testimony from Israeli tankers indicate a panicked response to the assault led their commanders to indiscriminately fire on kibbutzim with little to no regard to whether they hit Hamas terrorists or Israeli citizens. One person, identified as Karni, testified, “The soldier points and tells me, “shoot there — the terrorists are there.”” She asked him, “are there civilians there?,” but failed to get a decisive action so she said, “I decided not to shoot….I fired with my machine gun at a house.”
New disclosures add to the growing body of evidence indicating many Israelis who died on October 7 were killed by the Israeli military. Meanwhile, the Israeli government has muzzled captives freed from Gaza to prevent further damage to the official narrative.
Firsthand testimony by admittedly inexperienced Israeli tank operators reveals orders to open fire upon Israeli communities when Palestinian militants breached the fences encircling Gaza on October 7.
A glowing profile of an all-female tank company by Israel’s N12 News network contains admissions by the 20-year-old captain — identified only as ‘Karni’ — that she was ordered by a “panicked” soldier to open fire on homes in the Holit kibbutz whether they contained civilians or not.