One of the senior officers told us that the Israel
Defense Forces was acting in very extensively and said that he wanted
'two dead every night'; 'I want at least two "terrorists" every night,'
he said, from the beach front. The feeling was of a revenge mission. We
waited, two boats, at a distance of about 2,000 meters from the
shore... We spotted a patrol on the shore going to the beach outside
our target area, on the beach itself. About three to four people sat
there at the beach and lit a fire, and we noted some action between the
(patrol) group and the fire. We had no other identification of these
people, no idea who they were, whether they were armed or not.
"When Naval Task Force 13 signaled that they saw weapons at the site, all of us (on the boat) felt very excited. Night after night boats returned from nightly duty without firing a single shot, and now we had such an opportunity… I said 'legitimate target' and had the concurrence of all other ranks up to the one giving the order. And we started firing. We continued shooting, aiming at hitting as many as possible, even those carrying the wounded. The problematic issue was that we didn't really know who was sitting around the fire. It could have been the kid brother of someone there, it could have been ... we don't know. This happened every night.
"Another incident occurred in the southern area of Khan Yunis. Ten people went into a building. Again there was no discrimination between the armed and the unarmed, and you didn't know exactly who was inside. People started coming from the area to help the wounded and into this chaos we fired at figures running in all directions, to take out as many as possible. Like a video game, click, click, click. I wanted to shoot. In my eyes it was legitimate, otherwise I would have refused. I was crazed.
"It is highly probably that on the beach there was a child of 12 who was waiting with the narghile for his big brother to come back from guard duty. A person like that is not a legitimate target. I think that I am a war criminal. Supposing that people come to me now, and I'm on my trip, and they put me on trial at the International Court of Justice, what can I tell them? I know that I obeyed an order that is illegal in my eyes. If a relative were to come to me now, I would tell him: I am guilty. Your child was murdered for no reason because we wanted to bring two corpses every night."
- Testimony of Captain "T", commander of an armed high-speed reconnaissance boat serving off Sudaniya, northern Gaza Strip, Spring 2002.
From: Not Just A Security Thing, by Akiva Eldar; Ha'aretz, 20 June 2006.