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Israeli Officer Attacks Leftists, and Rightists Decry ‘Tying the Soldiers’ Hands’ An Israeli Officer Attacks Leftists, and Rightists Complain About ‘Tying the Soldiers’ Hands’

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So, at the end of an investigation, he was only reprimanded – the officer who attacked left-wing activists from the group Combatants for Peace who were supplying water tanks to Palestinians and ended up in the hospital. The officer in the skirmish in the South Hebron Hills this month “erred and acted in a way incompatible with the situation and the norms of the Israel Defense Forces.”

There is an intolerable gap between the severity of the officer’s actions and the tepidness of the IDF’s response. In one video of the incident, you can see the officer, a deputy brigade commander, throwing an activist with all his might off the road onto rocky ground. In another, you see him pressing his knee on the head of an organizer while another soldier handcuffs him.

But the IDF wasn’t bothered too much by this and sufficed with its standard response: It will investigate the incident and reach the appropriate conclusions. A few........

© Haaretz

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