Our Army Is A Terrorist Organization Run By War Criminals: Former Israeli Air Force Pilot

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Our Army Is A Terrorist Organization Run By War Criminals: Former Israeli Air Force Pilot

Former Israeli Air Force pilot, Yonatan Shapira, has described the Israeli government and army as “terrorist organisations” run by “war criminals.” The Israeli government and army commanders are “war criminals,” a former Israeli Air Force pilot, who was discharged from the army in 2003, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

In Israel and the army, there are some people who are against the occupation and repression policies of the Tel Aviv administration against the Palestinians, and Yonatan Shapira is one of them.

Captain Shapira who had resigned from the Israeli army in 2003 at the height of the Palestinian Second Intifada explained in an exclusive interview with Anadolu News Agency why he realized after joining the army that he was “part of a terrorist organization”.

I realised during the Second Intifada what the Israeli Air Force and Israeli military are doing are war crimes, terrorising a population of millions of Palestinians. When I realised that, I decided to not just leave but to organise other pilots that will publicly refuse to take part in these crimes, he said.

“As a child in Israel, you are being brought up in very strong Zionist militaristic education. You don’t know almost anything about Palestine, you don’t know about the 1948 Nakba, you don’t know about ongoing oppression,” Shapira said.

Shapira also launched a campaign that encouraged other military members not to obey orders of attacking Palestinians, which led to their discharge or dismissal from the army considering the situation the Palestinians were in.

As a result of the campaign that he conducted with his friends, 27 more army pilots have been discharged from their posts at the Israeli Air Force since 2003.

Following his dismissal, Shapira was fired from all the jobs he took as he participated in demonstrations to support the rights of Palestinians and drew attention to the “war crimes” committed by the Israeli army by holding international conferences. So he had to move to Norway and continues his life there.

During his interview with Anadolu Agency, Shapira explained why he joined the Israeli army and how he realized that he was “part of a terrorist organization” in his own words.

“I realized during the second Intifada what Israeli Air Force and Israeli military doing is war crime, terrorizing population of millions of Palestinians and when I realized that, I decided to not just leave but to organize other pilots that will publicly refuse to take part in this crime,” he stated.

(With Inputs From Agencies)

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