3 IDF soldiers jailed for beating Palestinian man

Nahal Brigade troops sentenced to 42 days in prison for excessive use of force when detaining suspect who resisted arrest

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative image of soldiers of the Nahal Brigade during military training, Northern Israel. April 1, 2009.  (IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90.)
Illustrative image of soldiers of the Nahal Brigade during military training, Northern Israel. April 1, 2009. (IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90.)

The Southern District Military Court sentenced three IDF soldiers to 42 days in jail on Wednesday for abusing their authority and using excessive force while detaining a Palestinian man last year, the army said.

The soldiers, from the Nahal infantry brigade, admitted to using violence while arresting a Palestinian suspect who was resisting arrest in October 2016. The sentence was part of a plea deal reached with military prosecutors.

Reports from eyewitnesses at the scene prompted the IDF to open an investigation into the incident in March.

In view of the operational circumstances of the case, the conviction will not be entered into the soldiers’ criminal record, the army said.

Last month three other IDF soldiers were indicted by a military court on charges of abusing an arrested Palestinian man.

The investigation into that incident in the West Bank city of Hebron was first opened in September, after the soldiers were filmed and photographed kicking the man and hitting him on the head, then manhandling him to the ground before detaining him.

The army said at the time that the Palestinian man refused an inspection by the soldiers.

However, the main evidence leading to the filing of charges against the troops was not the video and photographs of the incident, but the testimony to the Military Police of a fellow soldier from their company.

The witness told investigators that the three continued to hit and verbally abuse the arrested man in a military vehicle after he was already detained and in handcuffs, according to Hebrew media reports.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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