Holy Land "roadmap" techniques for the Iraq occupation forces: the 11 point program

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at tomaatnet.nl
Fri Nov 14 11:06:08 MST 2003


(a US friend of mine drew my attention to this item, also noticed by the
conservatives at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/984366/posts which
gives the full article as well)

Exclusive: IDF training software to go to US forces in Iraq
The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 17, 2003 | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN


The US military has asked the Israeli army to translate its special
educational software program that teaches soldiers how to behave in occupied
territories, so US forces can apply it in Iraq, senior Israeli officers said
Wednesday. The newly completed completed software teaches the IDF's code of
conduct, which is based on 11 principles. These deal with such issues as how
to behave at roadblocks, during arrests and searches and with rioters. All
are common events soldiers face in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The software, developed by the Judge Advocate General's office, will be
distributed to command courses in the IDF by the end of the month. It uses
movie clips, animation and scenarios to show soldiers what is the right and
wrong way to behave in this sensitive area of limited combat. It was made in
conjunction with the Ground Forces Command education and technology
department.

"This is an interactive software program based on movie clips and animation
aimed at teaching junior commanders the 11 codes of conduct regarding the
civilian population," said Lt.-Col. Amos Giora, Commandant of the IDF School
of Military Law. "It is geared toward what is going on in the territories,
but can also be applied to war and combat situations."

Giora said the idea for the software program grew out of mounting requests
by field commanders for IDF jurists to lecture to troops on how to behave
properly when engaged in combat situations in the territories. "During the
past year we lectured to thousands of soldiers and commanders on the modes
of conduct, but realized that the best way to deal with this considering our
limited staff was to make a software program," Giora said.

The goal is for all troops serving in the territories to use the program.
Giora said US military personnel who have seen the program responded
positively to it. "They tell us that from their perspective, parts of it are
clearly relevant with what they are going through in Iraq," Giora told The
Jerusalem Post. "If you view our experiences and theirs, you can obviously
see they are similar. This educational software can teach them these codes
of conduct." The US embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed that American military
personnel had been shown the software and agreed it was a useful tool for
soldiers, but declined to comment further.



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