Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fearing Court Action, IDF Begins Purging Officers' Details from Documents

Haaretz, February 4, 2009 - The Israel Defense Forces has begun removing the names and details of army officers involved in Operation Cast Lead from legal documents, Haaretz has learned.

Several orders of temporary custody for Gaza detainees, submitted to the Be'er Sheva district court, had the names and military ID numbers of the signatory officers blacked out.

The censor's office issued sweeping gag orders on the names of all officers who participated in the operation, fearing their identification would expose them to legal action abroad.
Civil rights lawyer Tamar Peleg-Shrik said such details have not been censored before, and that the move indicates the IDF's concerns.

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