Israeli volunteer: Apache helicopter fired into Kibbutz Be’eri
Evidence continues to pile up that the Israeli military destroyed its own settlements and killed citizens on October 7, but army brass refuses to investigate.
An Israeli Apache helicopter fired into Kibbutz Be’eri, according to testimony from Erez Tidhar, a military veteran who was on the scene on October 7 as a rescue and evacuation volunteer for the Eitam unit .
“Every minute a missile comes down on you, every minute,” Tidhar recalled. “And suddenly you see a missile from a helicopter that fires into the kibbutz. You say to yourself, ‘I don’t get it. An IDF helicopter firing into an Israeli kibbutz.’ And then you see a tank driving through the streets of the kibbutz flanking the cannon and it fires a shell into a house. These are things you cannot comprehend.”
Ha’aretz reported on November 18 that a combat helicopter fired on Hamas militants and “apparently also hit some festival participants.”
A helicopter squadron commander previously told Mako that, having run out of missiles, he considered opening fire with a cannon on a house containing Israeli captives and Hamas militants. Instead, he decided to shoot 30 meters away from the house in order to scare Hamas militants into going outside.
However, Tidhar’s testimony is the first account published of a helicopter firing missiles directly into a kibbutz.
The Israeli outlet Yedioth Ahronoth reported on October 15 that 28 military helicopters fired at anyone they saw, had “tremendous difficulty in distinguishing within the occupied outposts and settlements who was a terrorist and who was a soldier or civilian” and “only at a certain point did the pilots begin to slow down the attacks and carefully select the targets.”
The report added that “in the first four hours from the start of the fighting, helicopters and fighter jets attacked about 300 targets, most of them in Israeli territory.”
This revelation follows recent testimony from Hadas Dagan, the only survivor of Israeli tank shelling of a Be’eri house where 14 captives and 39 Hamas militants were killed.
October 7 ‘cover up’
Meanwhile, the Israeli military admitted, in a separate Yedioth Ahronoth article, that an “immense and complex quantity” of what it termed “friendly fire” occurred on October 7.
The families of Israelis killed at the Nova and Psyduck parties have established lobbies that demand the state investigate the events of that day.
“There is no longer any reason to wait and we will not allow the continuation of the cover-up of the destruction of our world, said Erez Zarfati, the father of Air Force officer Ron Zarfati, who was killed at the Nova rave.
However, the Yedioth Ahronoth report adds that the Israeli military refuses to conduct an investigation because “it would not be morally sound to investigate” these incidents “due to the immense and complex quantity of them that took place in the kibbutzim and southern Israeli communities.”
Beyond these small groups, however, there appears to be no appetite in Israeli society to determine exactly how many Israelis were killed by their own military on October 7. With the war on Gaza raging, the issue has little resonance in the public sphere.