US Killing ‘Large Numbers of Palestinians’ in Gaza – What Did Aaron Bushnell Know?

What did Aaron Bushnell know? (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“He told me on Saturday that we have troops in those tunnels, that it’s US soldiers participating in the killings,’’ Bushnell’s unnamed friend told the Post.

The young US soldier who set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington DC on February 25 had direct knowledge of US fighters engaged in active combat in Gaza, the New York Post reported, citing a friend of Aaron Bushnell.

Bushnell, the US airman who served in the Air Force’s 70th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, was driven to the act as a desperate attempt to bring attention to the Israeli genocide in the Strip, according to his own last words. 

His last words were: “I’m about to engage in an extreme act of protest but, compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal”.

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The Post, however, suggests that there is more to the story. 

“He told me on Saturday that we have troops in those tunnels, that it’s US soldiers participating in the killings,’’ Bushnell’s unnamed friend told the Post, which indicated that it has verified the connection between the two. 

What the Friend Said

These are excerpts from Bushnell’s friend’s statement to the Post: 

“His actual job involves the processing of intelligence data. Some of what he was processing had to do with the Israeli Gaza conflict.

“One of the things he told me is that coming across his desk … was the US military was involved in the genocides going on in Palestine.

“There’s just too many things I don’t know, but I can tell you that the tone of his voice just had something in it that told me he was scared.

“I’ve never heard that tone come out of him.”

US Military in Gaza

Though the Biden Administration insisted that no US troops would be directly involved in the war on Gaza, media reports suggested that the US has some kind of direct military involvement in the Israeli war, which has led to the killing and wounding of over 100,000 civilians. 

The Post cited an earlier New York Times report saying that US special operations forces have been deployed in Israel since Hamas’ October 7 to “identify hostages, including American hostages.” 

“Special forces have also been on hand to assist with strategy for Israeli troops in Gaza, who are flushing out Hamas members from the network of tunnels under the territory,” according to the Post, which added that the NYT report had noted that US troops are “not assigned any combatant roles.”

Israel’s Genocide 

The Israeli genocide in Gaza has ignited anger all over the world, not just against Israel, but also against the US and its western allies who either directly supported the war or did little to stop it. 

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 29,954 Palestinians have been killed, and 70,325 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

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Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire.’ 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. As a US citizen i’m disgusted by what my so-called government is doing, and has done for decades. None of us, the free-thinkers, are surprised to read about our troops being there in Gaza. it is public info that Biden armed Palestine in September of 2023. then, coincidentally there was an ” attack ” on October 7th. this has been one of our longest running proxy wars, obviously. and it’s obvious that we’re only concerned with direct shipping access to and from Africa. hence the region we keep trying to control.

    • “Biden armed Palestine in September of 2023”? What are you talking about? The Palestinian resistance groups have never been supplied with any kind of arms from Biden, nor any other U.S. President.

  2. The world must not let the United States of Israel off the hook for its evil. That fat sack of shit, Mike Pompeo, needs to be brought before a court for dancing with Israeli war criminals after they returned from killing God-Knows-How-Many children and women. Jews around the world must be put on notice, and the western financial system must be destroyed.

  3. As far back as November of last year, I had heard from two sources that there was a strong possibility of U.S. soldiers actually being in northern Gaza. Well, Aaron Bushnell confirmed all of this as well as other details. He had too much humanity to be a member of the morally bankrupt U.S. genocidal armed forces (who also pledges full allegiance to the genocidal Zionist entity).

  4. Actually, what’s too funny is how “Great Britain” had one of its ships sunk by the heroic Houthis. LOL!

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