A soldier from the IDF’s haredi Netzah Yehuda Battalion was sentenced to 21 days in military prison on Friday, after an investigation found that extremists had illegally used his assault rifle as part of their celebration at a wedding in Jerusalem last month.
Israel Police, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF have been investigating last month’s notorious wedding event, at which far-right activists danced with guns, knives and simulated firebombs and stabbed a photograph of Ali Dawabsha, the Palestinian toddler burned to death with his parents in an arson attack last summer.
Following an investigation ordered by IDF Chief of Staff Maj.- Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the military questioned soldiers who were present at the event, and found that one of the rifles swung by the extremists belonged to a Netzah Yehuda soldier who was at the wedding.
“The soldier did not supervise his personal firearm, and allowed it to pass from one person to another. Today, the soldier was placed on trial and judged by Kfir Brigade commander Col. Guy Hazot. The soldier was sentenced to 21 days in military prison,” the IDF Spokesman said on Friday.
Separately, Hazot tried two other soldiers from the Netzah Yehuda Battalion on a charge of assaulting Palestinian security prisoners who were in army custody.
Hazot ruled both soldiers had acted contrary to IDF regulations.
One soldier was ejected from the battalion, while a second was suspended from all combat operations, and will be transferred to an administrative position.
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