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Unwilling executioners

More than half a century after a notorious massacre of Arab villagers by Israeli soldiers, Ha’aretz found some of the soldiers who refused to participate in the killings at Kafr Kassem and talked to them about why, and how, and what if.

On Oct. 29, 1956, eight members of the Border Police massacred 47 inhabitants of the Arab village of Kafr Qasem. They were later convicted of murder for obeying an illegal order, but were eventually pardoned. Ha’aretz talks to those who refused the order, including Nimrod Lampert, who describes it as a directive to ‘murder people in cold blood.’