The True Face of Brutality in the Middle East: Israeli officer hits unarmed protester in the face with rifle

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A senior Israeli army officer who smashed a pro-Palestinian protester in the face with his gun has been suspended after footage of the horrific incident was put online.

Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner is seen ramming his M-16, with both hands, into Danish national Andreas Ias’s face as activists took part in a bicycle rally in the occupied West Bank.

The video from Saturday’s incident shows him falling to the ground and then being carried away by activists.

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Smashed: Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner (left) is seen ramming his M-16, with both hands, into Danish national Andreas Ias’s face (right) as activists took part in a bicycle rally in the occupied West Bank

 

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Brutal: In the video, the protester is not seen provoking the officer before he is smashed in the face

Treatment: Fellow bike riders rushed to the victim's aid after he was hit in the face by a senior Israeli army officerTreatment: Fellow bike riders rushed to the victim’s aid after he was hit in the face by a senior Israeli army officer

Ias was treated in a Palestinian hospital for ‘light injuries’ and today told Israeli media he was ‘well’.

He told Israel’s Channel 10 TV station: ‘We were just walking slowly towards the soldiers, we were chanting Palestinian songs calling for the liberation of Palestine. I don’t believe that’s a provocation.’

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the officer’s actions.

He said: ‘This behaviour is not characteristic of IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers and commanders and it has no place in the IDF or in the state of Israel.’

Violence: Further scuffles broke out between army officers and the protestersViolence: Further scuffles broke out between army officers and the protesters
Protest: Activists trying to get hold of their bikes were told to go away by Israeli army officersProtest: Activists trying to get hold of their bikes were told to go away by Israeli army officers

But Israeli military spokesman Yoav Mordechai said that, although the officer’s behaviour was unacceptable and he had been suspended following an initial investigation, the edited video ‘did not reflect the whole story’.

He said: ‘These are harsh pictures, but I still can’t divorce the filmed episodes from the incident that lasted over an hour. It included violence by the anarchists and Palestinians, (though) this does not justify what we see.’

The incident came as Channel 10 broadcast a report on Sunday about how Israel would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomacy and sanctions between the two countries completely break down.

Treatment: This protester was taken to an ambulance where her wounds were taken care of, following the incidentTreatment: This protester was taken to an ambulance where her wounds were taken care of, following the incident

Alon Ben-David said he spent several weeks with military pilots to gain a unique insight into Israel’s military thinking. He predicted no order would be given to strike before P5+1 talks resume in May.

But he added that, if negotiations failed and the order to attack was given, then ‘dozens if not more planes’ would attack.

He said: ‘The Israel Air Force does not have the capacity to destroy the entire Iranian programme. The result won’t be definitive.’

The attack, the channel said, would presumably trigger a war in northern Israel, with missile attacks. He added: ‘There will be no tranquility and peace anywhere in Israel.’

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3 Comments »

  1. Adam April 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I know there are injustices on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Outward anger and strong verbiage from one side, no doubt slow simmer to boil underneath a cool exterior by the other. This Lt Col should not have engaged this man in the way he did. He was not provoked directly. Sadly, this video is SO edited it’s sheer volumes of fast cuts in my opinion renders it inevidentiary. It is clearly manipulated to paint the IDF in a brutal light. If the creators of this video truly wanted to advance their position regarding the brutality of the IDF, then they would not edit a single second out of the video to show all. Those quick edits suggest there were things that were not flattering to the Palestinian protesters. This is wrong. The very act of hiding or cutting out information from view is the very reason I feel our countries acting CEO is not legitimate. It’s clear this LC is too emotionally involved and should not be allowed on active patrol duties and restrained to “desk jockey” as he does seem to have anger management issues. I would even go so far to say it might justify busting him down a rank or so.

  2. mcap April 18, 2012 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Yes, this is much worse than “palestinians”blowing up bus-loads of children….

  3. Archie1954 April 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately the Israeli prime minister is a liar and this kind of brutality is very normal operations in the IDF. The Israeli modus operandi from assassinations to brutalizing anyone that dares question their power is well known to the world and only the other gross hypocrite of a country that allows Israel to do these barbaric things, is worse.

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