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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:25 AM
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Cast Lead criminal probe still open 3 yrs on
Col. Ilan Malka allegedly ordered an air-strike on a building he knew was occupied by civilians.


"Three years after Operation Cast Lead, one last criminal investigation remains open against former Givati Brigade commander Col. Ilan Malka, whose military career is still engulfed in controversy and overshadowed by criminal allegations after the Military Advocate Generals Office continues to drag its feet in ruling on the case.

Malka served as commander of the Givati Brigade during Operation Cast Lead, which was launched on December 27, 2008.

Former military advocate general (MAG) Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit who retired earlier this year decided to launch a criminal investigation against Malka in early 2010 over allegations that he ordered an airstrike on a building in Gaza despite allegedly knowing that it was occupied by civilians.

The bombing under question took place on January 5, 2009, during the ground offensive stage of the threeweek operation. Malka was operating in northern Gaza and called in an airstrike of a home in Gaza Citys Zeitoun neighborhood. The Air Force bombed the building resulting in the deaths of 21 members of the Samouni family.

The case was highlighted in the Goldstone Report which investigated alleged Israeli war crimes during the operation and Mandelblit decided to launch a Military Police investigation almost two years ago to rule out the possibility that Malka ordered the strike while knowing that civilians were inside the home."
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