'IDF cadets desecrated Rabin's memory'

Report: Golani soldiers applaud during segment on assassination in film surveying Israel's history.

golani 248.88 (photo credit: IDF [file])
golani 248.88
(photo credit: IDF [file])
Two cadets in a Golani Brigade commanders' course in Rimonim Base were reportedly ousted from the combat unit after showing disrespect for the memory of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. According to a report Tuesday on Army Radio, three weeks ago, the two soldiers were watching a film surveying Israel's history and, during a lengthy segment devoted to the 1995 Rabin assassination, stood up and applauded. The soldiers were immediately court-martialed and sentenced to 10 days imprisonment. They were later expelled from the unit by the head of the brigade. According to the report, both soldiers came from West Bank communities and one of them is the son of a high-ranking member of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (Yesha). The radio station quoted the official as saying that although his son was a "serious bardakist (troublemaker)", he was not guilty of desecrating the memory of the former prime minister. The soldier sitting next to his son had been the one to applaud, he reportedly claimed.