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. Israeli defence minister wants 'human shields' ban overturned
JERUSALEM (AFP) Oct 12, 2005
Israel's Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz has ordered the army's top brass to appeal against a supreme court ruling last week which banned the military's use of human shields, a military source said Wednesday.

Mofaz is prepared to make a personal appeal for the ruling to be overturned, arguing that alternative methods in arrest operations such as more widespread use of bulldozers would endanger the lives not only of Israeli soldiers but of Palestinian civilians, according to the source.

The supreme court, which had already issued a temporary injunction against the practice in August 2002, last week formally banned the practice which it said violated internatinal law.

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