March 20, 2009
Posted: 1501 GMT
After months of outside pressure Israel said Thursday it was going to launch an investigation into possible war crimes committed by its troops during the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict.
Haaretz, an English language daily, first reported yesterday that an inquest would be opened after soldiers told of multiple accounts of improper and illegal conduct during the offensive, at one time even shooting an unarmed woman while she was crossing the street.
Defense Minister Ehud Barack stated that Israel has “the most moral army in the world’” but followed that with “This does not mean that there are no irregularities, and I have no doubt that this will be studied seriously.”
Whether you believe accidents are simply a result of the chaos and injustice of war this is still significant as Israel is now responding to what some right s groups have been claiming for months: crimes were committed by Israelis during their offensive into Gaza.
Also on today’s show, we’ll be covering U.S. President Barack Obama’s new overtures to Iran, as well as two developing stories out of Africa: Backlash against Madagascar’s new government, and a sad story about albinos targeted by killers, for their bones.
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