Reports claim Palestinian beaten by IDF soldiers

Posted: May 19, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in IDF, Israel, Palestinians, West Bank
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A PALESTINIAN MAN was transferred to hospital in moderate to serious condition after allegedly being attacked by IDF soldiers at a check point near the city of Qalqilya yesterday. According to the reports, the man was called to the soldiers manning a vehicle, where he was assaulted by the troops:

“We were standing in line. The soldiers asked us, ‘Why aren’t you standing properly in line?’ Rabi’a responded saying we were standing in line.

“The soldiers asked us to go back to the end of the line, and when we reached a distance of four vehicles from the checkpoint, the soldiers called Rabi’a, asked him to get out with his identification card and go to them,” said one of the taxi’s passengers.

According to the passenger: “Rabi’a approached the jeep and suddenly we heard him shouting: ‘Stop, stop’. He fell to the floor and kept screaming. We got out of the taxi and tried to help him, the soldiers threatened us to stay away.”

IDF should get on that investigation ASAP – to either prove the soldiers were in violations of orders and incarcerate them; otherwise, the results of the fact-finding mission should be published in the press.

It is important to understand that the press never waits for a response from the army. Knowing from first-hand experience, a preliminary investigation can be called up within hours of the event, thus minimizing the window of opportunity for misperception of the event. While the account might as well be true, it is also valid to presume that the event was manufactured, as many were, particularly during Palestinian riots in the West Bank and Gaza strip.

However, if soldiers actually did assault the man, they should be prosecuted and jailed. Rule of law should be upholded, particularly among military personnel.

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