Five Israeli Soldiers Arrested for Allegedly Beating Detained Palestinians Out of Revenge

Servicemen from religious Netzah Yehuda battalion suspected of attacking detainees as revenge for terror attack in which two comrades were killed

Soldiers in the IDF’s ultra-Orthodox ‘Netzah Yehuda’ unit at the Peles Military Base in the northern Jordan Valley

Yaniv Kubovich writes in Haaretz, “The military police arrested an Israeli platoon commander and four combat soldiers Wednesday under suspicion of beating two Palestinian detainees whom they had caught. One of the detainees was so badly pummeled that he could not be interrogated, and needed medical care. The investigators interrogated them and will ask a military judge to extend their arrest.”

“The military police is checking whether the soldiers were motivated by revenge following the shooting attack in Givat Assaf, where two soldiers from their battalion were killed.  (more…)  


Israeli soldiers conduct raids in West Bank village of Kobar on December 31, 2018, in search of Palestinian terrorist who committed deadly shooting attack outside the Givat Assaf outpost earlier in the month

Judah Ari Gross writes Times of Israel, “Military Police on Wednesday arrested an officer and four soldiers who allegedly beat two Palestinian suspects who were in their custody, the army said. The five serve in the Kfir Brigade’s religious Netzah Yehuda Battalion. The servicemen were expected to be brought before a military judge on Thursday in order to remand them in police custody, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.”…

“The five servicemen are suspected of beating the two Palestinian detainees as a form of revenge for their fallen comrades. Soldiers in the Netzah Yehuda Battalion, which operates mostly in the West Bank, have been at the center of several controversies connected to right-wing extremists and Palestinians, especially of late.” (more…) 



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