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IDF soldier charged with beating Palestinian detainee
IDF soldier accused of beating Palestinian detainee

According to the indictment, a combat soldier from the Home Front Command
kicked and punched a Palestinian detainee whose eyes were covered, causing
injuries to his

head and back; IDF: `this is a serious matter that is not taken lightly.`



Yoav Zitun|Published: 11.05.18 , 22:02












Jaffa Military Court charged an IDF combat soldier from the Home Front with
aggravated assault on Monday, after a Military Police investigation revealed
that the

soldier kicked and punched a Palestinian detainee who was bound with his
eyes covered at a military post in the West Bank.




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The incident took place in May at the Shaked outpost in Samaria when the
detained Palestinian was brought in along with two other Palestinian
detainees to the base`s

detention cell.






Detention cell, file photo (Photo: Roni Schutzer)
Detention cell, file photo (Photo: Roni Schutzer)



According to the indictment, at one point, the soldier entered the cell and
mocked the three Palestinian prisoners: `When did you last shower?` when did
you last put

water on your body?` he taunted them.



One man replied that he did not understand what he was saying. Later, the
soldier returned to the room after allegedly hearing the prisoners cursing
him in Arabic.



The investigation of the Military Police Investigation Unit (MPCID) revealed
that the defendant






File photo (Photo: Gadi Kabalo)
File photo (Photo: Gadi Kabalo)




While he was hitting the Palestinian, the soldier cursed his victim and only
when another soldier intervened did he stop and left the cell. He was also
charged with

inappropriate conduct.







`Hurting detainees is a serious matter that is not taken lightly. The IDF is
working on discipline and adherence to rules in this matter,` The IDF
Spokesperson`s Unit

said in a statement.


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