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IDF nominally censures officer who used excess force on protesters, Palestinian

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17.10.2021

The Israel Defense Force announced on Sunday that it would nominally censure an officer who was found to have repeatedly used excessive force against Israeli activists and a Palestinian in the South Hebron Hills.

The military said the officer — Maj. Maor Moshe, a deputy battalion commander from the Combat Engineering Corps — would not be eligible for promotion for the next three years and during that time would also not be permitted to attend a Command & Staff Course, a military program intended to prepare officers for more advanced positions.

However, as Moshe was only recently promoted to his current rank, he is unlikely to receive a promotion within the next three years anyway, making the practical value of the punishment negligible.

At a September 17 protest in the southern West Bank’s Hebron Hills, Moshe was caught on film hurling 65-year-old left-wing demonstrator Eli Ziv to the ground, leading to the activist’s hospitalization, as well as treating other activists violently including during the course of their arrest.

Though the IDF said the activists had used violence against the military — which the protesters have firmly and repeatedly denied, bolstered by a lack of evidence despite there being multiple........

© The Times of Israel


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