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An officer from the Golani Brigade was removed from duty Sunday due to allegations that he had severely beaten one of his subordinates, to the point where the soldier needed hospitalization.
According to the allegations, the officer had been bearing a grudge against the soldier since a class on self-defense tactics held last week in the brigade's training base during which the soldier accidentally hit his commander. The officer then summoned the soldier to a room in the soldiers' barracks where he punched and slapped him in revenge for the incident at the class.
The soldier was badly hurt but carried on with his training routine. The officer in charge made another remark against the soldier that day.
It should be noted that self-defense tactics' classes in the IDF may involve incidents where soldiers hit their commanders, since these classes include exercises where a commander would demonstrate an attack and the soldier would rehearse the movements necessary to fend off the attacker.
The incident surfaced when the soldier's parents saw the bruises on his body and took him to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot. He was diagnosed as having sustained injuries to internal organs and was hospitalized.
The Golani Brigade opened an immediate investigation into the matter and the officer was relieved from all his authorities until the conclusion of the investigation. Military Police also opened a separate investigation.
The IDF said in a statement following the incident that "after an initial clarification, the officer was immediately suspended â€¦ this is a severe and exceptional case, not conforming to IDF norms in general and specifically to the norms of the Golani Brigade. Everything will be done to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future."