Army Officer Resigns to Protest High Civilian Death Toll in Gaza

A former officer with the U.S. Army who was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency submitted his resignation as a protest about how the U.S. continues to support Israel in its ongoing war against the terrorist organization Hamas.

Back in November, Major Harrison Mann requested to resign from his position, as the Army confirmed to media outlets.

Recently, Mann posted a message to his LinkedIn page that read:

“The policy that has never been far from my mind the last 6 months is nearly the unqualified support for the government of Israel, which has enabled and empowered the killing and starvation of tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians.

“It is clear that this week, some of you will still be asked to provide support — directly or indirectly — to the Israeli military as it conducts operations into Rafah and elsewhere in Gaza. I am sharing it now in the hope that you too discover you are not alone, you are not voiceless, and you are not powerless.”

The U.S. Army Public Affairs released a statement that said Mann was commissioned back in 2011 into the Army as an infantry officer. At the time of his resignation, he was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB, where he served as a foreign area officer.

Throughout his career in the Army, he was deployed to South Korea, Kuwait, Bahrain and Tunisia.

As the department said in a statement:

“Major Harrison Mann actually requested an unqualified resignation from his commission on November 29, 2023. An unqualified resignation is a voluntary action for officers to be discharged from service and can be requested for any reason after completion of service obligations.”

The New York Times reported that the Army approved Mann’s resignation request back in January, but it won’t go into effect until early June.

News of his resignation comes just as the U.S. State Department criticized how Israel has used arms that have been supplied by the United States in its war against Gaza, which it characterized as potentially “inconsistent” in “mitigating civil harm.”

Fox News Digital recently obtained a copy of a report that was sent to Congress last Friday. It read:

“Israel has had to confront an extraordinary military challenge: Hamas has embedded itself deliberately within and underneath the civilian population to use civilians as human shields. … It is often difficult to determine facts on the ground in an active war zone of this nature and the presence of legitimate military targets across Gaza.”

The Palestinian government has said that almost 35,000 Palestinians have been killed in the almost eight months that the war has raged on. Israel first launched its military operation in Gaza after Hamas surprisingly attacked Israel on October 7 of last year, killing about 1,200 people in the process and taking hundreds more hostage.

The U.S. had some hopes that a ceasefire could be negotiated between the two sides, but that hasn’t happened yet, as disagreements still remain over the hostages Hamas still has.