Israeli soldiers caught abusing Palestine prisoners

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After accepting a plea with government authorities, three Israeli soldiers with the Netzah Yehuda Battalion were charged on March 10 of the abuse of two Palestinian prisoners. Under the plea deal, the soldiers pled guilty to abuse and will receive six months in prison, rank demotion and probation, but will avoid more serious assault charges. The soldiers’ commander was also indicted. The commander, a lieutenant, was charged with failure to prevent a crime, negligently causing injury and conduct unbecoming an officer. The three soldiers, servicemen of the Kfir Brigade’s Netzah Yehuda Battalion, reportedly cursed the bound and blindfolded prisoners, as well as hitting them with fists and blunt objects. The abuse began when the prisoners, who were being transported in a vehicle by Netzah Yehuda troops, passed the Giv’at Asaf Junction, where two former members had been killed. This prompted the soldiers to start abusing the prisoners in plain view of the commander. Despite this, the commander did not make any effort to stop the abuse. The abuse was later discovered when the prisoners were transported to another facility, with footage of the incident confirming suspicions.

“At one point, the defendants removed the blindfold from one of the detainees, so he would see his friend being beaten, while the other soldiers were cheering. As a result, the two suspects needed urgent medical treatment and were later hospitalized at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem,” said the indictment.