Palestinian videographer to testify in Eisner probe

Bakr Muhammad Abdel Hak says he'll hand over full recording, testify in IDF investigation into an attack on Danish activist.

April 18, 2012 09:48
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IDF officer hitting activist with M-16

IDF officer hitting activist with M-16 370. (photo credit: YouTube Screenshot)


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The Palestinian videographer who videotaped an attack on a Danish pro-Palestinian activist by Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner over the weekend told Army Radio on Wednesday he will cooperate with an IDF investigation into the incident.

Bakr Muhammad Abdel Hak said "I will give them my full testimony and give them the (video) recording so that they can know the truth and so the officer is brought to justice for what he did," according to Army Radio.

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The videographer was summoned to testify by the military police at an IDF base near Nablus, according to the report.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz will decide in the coming days whether the senior officer will be allowed to remain in military service.

On Tuesday, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon presented the findings from his investigation against Eisner to Gantz, who requested a number of days to review the material before announcing his decision.

Eisner was suspended from his post on Sunday after he was caught on tape slamming an M16 rifle in the face of a Danish activist in the West Bank.

Gantz is expected to decide either to order Eisner’s discharge from the IDF for his actions or to assign him to another post. The incident took place on Saturday during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on Road 90 in the Jordan Valley.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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