Anti-Arab Sentiments High Among Soldiers

Published December 10, 2004, issue of December 10, 2004.

One in five Israeli soldiers has anti-Arab sentiments, a top general said. According to a briefing given Monday by the Israeli military’s manpower chief, Major General Elazar Stern, 20% of draftees do not have proper regard for Palestinian life and are more liable to abuse Palestinians at military checkpoints. But he also accused some left-wing watchdogs of downplaying the risks that troops face.

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