Elite cops to probe Mandelblit ‘traitor’ graffiti

There is concern that MAG could be targeted by far-right activists enraged over conviction of 2 IDF soldiers for illegal conduct during Operation Cast Lead.

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November 5, 2010 05:21
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Avihai Mandelblit

Avihai Mandelblit. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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The Israel Police’s National Serious and International Crimes (NSIC) Unit was ordered on Thursday to investigate the message spray-painted on the home of Military Advocate-General Brig.-Gen. Avihai Mandelblit.

There is concern that he could be targeted by far-right activists enraged over the recent conviction of two IDF soldiers for illegal conduct during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in January 2009.

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The word “traitor” was spray-painted in large black letters on a wall around Mandelblit’s Petah Tikva home on Wednesday, and police and the IDF have since stepped up security around the advocate- general.

The investigation was first handled by Petah Tikva police, but Operations and Intelligence Branch head Cmdr. Yoav Segalovich ordered the NSIC Unit to take over, a police source confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

On October 3, two infantrymen from the Givati Brigade were convicted for ordering a nine-year-old Gazan boy to open boxes and suitcases they feared were booby-trapped.

The soldiers were convicted of overstepping their authority, endangering a life, and inappropriate conduct, at the Southern Command Military Court in Kastina, near Kiryat Gat.


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