Minister calls for disbanding religious battalion after troops beat Palestinians

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

Illustrative. Soldiers belonging to the IDF's ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda unit. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)
Illustrative. Soldiers belonging to the IDF's ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda unit. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Israel’s minister of Diaspora affairs in a tweet calls for an end to the religious Netzah Yehuda battalion after several soldiers are filmed beating two Palestinian detainees.

“The Netzah Yehuda battalion needs to be disbanded,” says Labor’s Nachman Shai, who served as IDF spokesman for a number of years.

Soldiers in the battalion of the Kfir Infantry Brigade, which operates in the West Bank, have been at the center of numerous controversies connected to right-wing extremism and violence against Palestinians over the years.

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