(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
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.
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-
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
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.