Testimony Num : 174

Missiles were launched from this school

We located an explosive device on the manager room’s door and in one of the classrooms we found a map of Israel covered with blood and above it was inscribed "murder all the Jews".

At the beginning of Operation Cast Lead, I led my company of about a hundred soldiers, to the Gaza Strip. On the first night we received a mission to reach a building from which rockets were fired daily for several months. We arrived at the designated building and saw something that did not surprise us – the building out of which hundreds of missiles were fired daily was a school. We entered the school to search it. We located an explosive device on the manager room’s door and in one of the classrooms we found a map of Israel covered with blood and above it was inscribed “murder all the Jews”. This school was booby-trapped. They were waiting for us with weapons and explosive devices, and the only thing that was missing was someone to push the button and blow up the whole school with us inside.

In my view this is inconceivable. We fight to protect our citizens and our families and children, and what they did was firing from a civilian population at another civilian population, knowing that they were endangering the lives of their people perhaps even more than ours. It’s something that I personally find hard to apprehend. I saw it throughout the fighting, whether it was in schools, kindergartens, UN buildings, these things happened again and again over the two weeks I was in the Gaza Strip.