IDF to probe soldiers filmed beating Palestinian

Footage obtained by rights group B'Tselem shows soldiers punching and kicking an arrested Palestinian.

May 29, 2013 17:31
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B'Tselem video of soldiers, Palestinians in Hebron

B'Tselem video of soldiers, Palestinians in Hebron 370. (photo credit: YouTube Screenshot)

The IDF ordered an investigation into security personnel after footage emerged showing soldiers punching and kicking a Palestinian who was arrested during a West Bank clash last month.

Video courtesy of Gaby Lasky and Partners, Law Offices.

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The incident occurred in the village of Silwad, which is northeast of Ramallah, and was captured by a video camera in the nearby settlement of Ofra.

The footage shows several Palestinians, who had been involved in a violent disorder, fleeing the area after the IDF arrested the man. Then, the man was forced to the ground by a soldier, before two additional soldiers arrived and struck him repeatedly. He was then placed onto a army jeep.

The B'Tselem human rights organization, which obtained the video, claimed that the camera was directed elsewhere after the first seconds of the beating occurred, in order to avoid gathering evidence.

The group also said video was not made available to the Palestinian man's defense attorney.

"Military Prosecution has ordered Military Police to launch an investigation to clarify the circumstances of the incident," the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement on Wednesday. "At the same time, steps against those involved are being considered by their commanders," it added.

The man has been released from custody.

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