Soldiers heading to prison for abusing Palestinian

Two members of the Golani Brigade were taped slapping and kicking a bound man, who was caught crossing the border from Gaza

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Golani Brigade soldiers, on the Golan Heights (photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash90/File)
Golani Brigade soldiers, on the Golan Heights (photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash90/File)

A military court in Jaffa sentenced two IDF soldiers from the Golani Brigade to several months in prison on Tuesday for attacking a bound Palestinian after he was captured crossing the border from Gaza into Israel.

One soldier was sentenced to six and a half months behind bars and the other to five and half months, for their respective roles in the May 2012 incident. The soldiers were both demoted to the rank of private.

The incident came to light just a few months ago, after the discovery of a video clip the soldiers had filmed, showing them beating the man. As a result, the two perpetrators were formerly charged at the end of September.

Citing the indictment sheet, Haaretz reported that three soldiers entered the room where the man, blindfolded and bound with wrist restraints, was being held following capture. While one of the soldiers filmed what followed, the other two, who hail from the Golani Brigade’s 51st battalion, began to kick and slap the bound man. The solders could also be heard on the video assuring each other that their identities were not revealed during filming.

In February, the Israeli human rights watchdog Yesh Din published a report in which it claimed that the IDF had not indicted a single soldier in 2012, despite more than 100 criminal investigations that were opened.

In January, another Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, released a report condemning the IDF’s crowd-control policies. It alleged that several Palestinians had been killed since 2005 by supposedly non-lethal procedures.

The B’Tselem report led to condemnations from the United Nations and several European countries against Israel’s use of “unlawful” crowd-control weapons.

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