Troops reprimanded for smashing car in West Bank scrapyard

Military says incident near Burqa ‘inconsistent with IDF values’; similar incident near Sinjil reported in March; six terror suspects arrested in overnight raids

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

Soldiers damage cars in a scrapyard in the West Bank town of Burqa, on April 15, 2022. (Screenshot : B'Tselem/Twitter)
Soldiers damage cars in a scrapyard in the West Bank town of Burqa, on April 15, 2022. (Screenshot : B'Tselem/Twitter)

Israeli troops were reprimanded for smashing the windows of a Palestinian car in a West Bank scrapyard last month, the military said Tuesday.

In footage published by human rights group B’Tselem, the soldiers can be seen filming each other stomping on a windshield and damaging a car with the barrel of their rifles at a scrapyard in the village of Burqa on April 15.

In response, the soldiers were reprimanded and had their weekend furlough revoked, the Israel Defense Forces said. “This behavior is inconsistent with IDF values,” the military said.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, the scrapyard serves a nearby auto repair shop that uses the cars for spare parts.

A similar incident was reported by the rights group in the Palestinian town of Sinjil on March 27. Footage of that incident was captured as well.

According to B’Tselem, the family that owned the Sinjil scrapyard informed a police officer of the incident, but he ignored them and drove away with the soldiers. Police told the family they would have to file a complaint at the police station, according to the rights group.

There was no immediate comment from the military on the March incident.

Separately, the Israel Defense Forces said six Palestinians suspected of involvement in terror activities were arrested during overnight raids across the West Bank.

Troops also escorted Jewish Israeli worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus overnight. Shooting was heard in the area amid the operation. “IDF forces responded with gunfire. No injuries or damage were caused,” the military said.

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