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Three IDF soldiers arrested for abusing Palestinians

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  • Ami Isseroff
    Three IDF soldiers arrested for abusing Palestinians By Amos Harel, Ha aretz Correspondent
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2001
      Three IDF soldiers arrested for abusing Palestinians

      By Amos Harel, Ha'aretz Correspondent


      Military police arrested three IDF soldiers on suspicion of abusing Palestinians in an area south of
      the West Bank city of Hebron. This is the first time soldiers have been arrested for crimes in the
      territories since the Intifada began 10 months ago.

      Four residents of the village of Samoa complained to the ‘B’Tselem’ human rights organization that
      they had been abused in an incident that occurred 10 days ago.

      The Palestinians reported that the soldiers had severely beaten them and also forced them to hit
      each other. The soldiers also damaged two cars the Palestinians had been travelling in.

      The Shimshon battalion, to which the soldiers belong, held an internal investigation under the
      battalion commander, which confirmed some accusations made by the Palestinians. The case was then
      turned over to the military police.

      The IDF commander in the West Bank, Brigadier Jerry Yitzhak, said Wednesday in an interview on
      Israel Radio that he believed incidents of abuse by soldiers were "marginal" in relation to the
      extent of IDF activity in the territories. He added that the IDF had increased its educational
      activities with soldiers in order to try prevent these kinds of incidents.
      Military sources told Ha'aretz that the incidents that have been uncovered recently were a source of
      great concern for the central command and the general staff. They are concerned that units that
      serve continuously in the territories are more prone to being worn down due to the confrontation,
      which could lead to violent behavior towards the Palestinians.
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