Five Israeli soldiers indicted over beating of two handcuffed Palestinians
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Five Israeli soldiers indicted over beating of two handcuffed Palestinians

Soldiers who punched the detained men and hit them with heavy objects, all of which was reportedly recorded on a phone

Comrades and relatives of killed Israeli soldier Yosef Cohen mourn during his funeral in Jerusalem on December 14, 2018. Two Israeli soldiers were killed yesterday as a Palestinian assailant shot fire on a group of Israelis in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah.  Photo by: JINIPIX
Comrades and relatives of killed Israeli soldier Yosef Cohen mourn during his funeral in Jerusalem on December 14, 2018. Two Israeli soldiers were killed yesterday as a Palestinian assailant shot fire on a group of Israelis in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah. Photo by: JINIPIX

An Israeli military court has indicted five soldiers in the beating of two detained Palestinians while they were handcuffed and blindfolded.

The soldiers punched the Palestinians and hit them with heavy objects, according to the indictment, and reportedly recorded the incident on a phone. The detainees, said to be a father and son, were seriously injured.

The court has charged the soldiers, who were arrested earlier this month, with abuse and aggravated assault in the Jan. 8 incident. They are members of the Kfir Brigade’s Netzah Yehuda infantry battalion for religious soldiers.

Their platoon commander is accused of knowing about the beatings and not stopping them. Military prosecutors are determining what action to take against him.

The Palestinian men were arrested near Ramallah while Israeli troops were looking for the shooter who fired on a bus stop outside the West Bank settlement of Givat Asaf.

Two soldiers from the unit were killed in the attack and another soldier from the unit, a dual Israeli and American citizen, was seriously injured, as was a female civilian. Sgt. Yosef Cohen, 19, was shot to death along with Staff Sgt. Yovel Mor Yosef, at a bus stop they were guarding outside the Ofra settlement.

The possibility of a revenge attack did not appear in the indictment, however, Haaretz reported.

The two Palestinians are suspected of helping the Givat Asaf shooter escape, though they have not yet been charged.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments