Practice Relating to Rule 65. Perfidy
Section C. Simulation of being disabled by injuries or sickness
Referring to Israel’s Law of War Booklet (1986), the Report on the Practice of Israel states that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) prohibit “the resort to perfidy to kill, injure or capture an adversary. Therefore, the IDF does not … feign incapacitation.”
Israel’s Manual on the Laws of War (1998) gives the following example of perfidy: “Pretending damage to fighting capacity through injury or illness with a view to gaining military advantage.”
Israel’s Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) states the following example of “betrayals of trust or treachery”:
Pretending to be injured or ill for the purpose of achieving a military advantage. Here again, the purpose is to prevent a situation in which the soldiers of one side would fear getting medical help for the wounded of the other side.
The Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) is a second edition of the Manual on the Laws of War (1998).