x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Israel to try soldiers over Palestinian abuse video

The Israeli army is to try several soldiers suspected of humiliating a bound and blindfolded Palestinian.

JERUSALEM // The Israeli army is to try several soldiers suspected of posting a video on YouTube that shows them humiliating a bound and blindfolded Palestinian, a statement said today. The clip posted last week showed soldiers from the crack Golani Brigade forcing a prisoner to repeat degrading remarks in Hebrew while they looked on and laughed. "The inquiry regarding the issue is in its final stages, and it has been found that the event occurred 15 months ago in the area of the Gaza Strip," the statement from the military said. "Some of the soldiers involved are still in active service. At the end of the inquiry, these soldiers will be charged in a disciplinary trial.

"The Israel Defence Force considers this to be a grave incident and a serious infraction, and is treating it as such," the statement said. "Furthermore, the IDF is taking additional action in order to prevent such incidents in the future." The Golani Brigade is one of the Israeli army's most highly decorated units, having taken part in operations including the storming of a hijacked aircraft in Entebbe, Uganda in 1976 and the capture of Mount Hermon in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

*AFP