IDF officer among arrestees at protests

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

An army officer with the rank of captain was detained by police during an anti-judicial overhaul protest in central Israel today, the Israel Defense Forces says.

The officer was not wearing his uniform or was otherwise identifiable as an officer during the protest, the IDF says.

IDF troops up to the rank of lieutenant colonel, which is above captain, are allowed to take part in political protests, provided they are not wearing their uniform or are identifiable as servicemembers.

Police earlier said 77 people were arrested during the day-long demonstrations.

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