IDF suspends soldier who assaulted Palestinian, 2 others who failed to intervene

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

The Israel Defense Forces suspends a soldier who assaulted a Palestinian man in Hebron last night, as well as an officer and another soldier who did not intervene.

According to the IDF, an argument broke out between the soldier and the Palestinian at a checkpoint in the West Bank city.

The IDF says the soldier “acted with severe violence against the Palestinian” as the officer and other soldier stood by.

The trio will not continue combat duty, as the Military Police investigate the incident — after which the Military Prosecution will review the case.

Military chief Aviv Kohavi condemns the violence in a statement.

“This is a serious incident that blatantly deviates from IDF values, the spirit of the IDF and the norms expected of IDF soldiers and their commanders,” Kohavi says.

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