VIDEO / Senior IDF officer beats pro-Palestinian activist with rifle


International Solidarity Movement posts YouTube video of IDF soldiers beating leftist activists who took part in a bike ride in the Jordan Valley; IDF suspends officer in video; IDF chief says he sees matter as ‘grave incident.’

Haaretz

A senior IDF officer was filmed hitting a leftist activist in the face with an M-16 rifle on Saturday.    

In the video, which was posted by the International Solidarity Movement on YouTube on Sunday, Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner is seen beating youths who took part in a pro-Palestinian bike ride in the Jordan Valley.    

On Saturday, a group of some 250 activists, mostly Palestinian youths from the West Bank, went on a bike ride in the Jordan Valley in a silent protest. At a certain point, several dozens of IDF soldiers stopped the activists, and events quickly escalated into a confrontation. IDF soldiers hit the activists and threw their bikes over a tunnel across the road.    

One of the volunteers who organized the bike ride said that the soldiers were waiting for the activists and began clashing with them.    

Lt.-Col. Eisner was filmed hitting one of the activists in the face with his M-16. “We did not expect any harassment on the part of the Israeli soldiers, we just came for fun,” one of activists told Haaretz. “I tried to talk to them, to say that we only want to enjoy the beautiful road and the Jordan Valley in the springtime, but we were unsuccessful. The activists were beaten badly, and the officers just told us we couldn’t be in that area.”    

Four activists who sustained wounds on their faces and backs were evacuated to a hospital in Jericho, while three more youths who were beaten refused to receive medical care.    

Eisner recounted his version of events, and said that the youth that he beat had hit him beforehand, and even broke two of his fingers. He said that the incident lasted two hours, and that the activists were trying to block a road in the Jordan Valley.    

Eisner claimed that he carried out his job after two hours of trying to stop lawbreakers.    

Palestinian media reported on Saturday on the events that took place during the bike ride. After the video was posted Sunday and showed testimony of what transpired, GOC Central Command Nitzan Alon ordered the IDF to investigate the matter.    

Following the incident, the IDF decided to suspend Eisner indefinitely until the matter is thoroughly investigated.    

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement that, “This is a grave incident. GOC Central Command Nitzan Alon ordered a thorough investigation in which the circumstances of the incident will be examined. Lessons will be derived and the appropriate steps will be taken.”    

National Union MK Michael Ben Ari issued a response to the incident and congratulated the IDF officer who hit the leftist activists. “Well done to the IDF officer who did what Bibi and Aharonovich have no brain or courage to do,” Ben Ari said. “Radical leftists must be handled with a heavy hand. There was a tangible threat to the lives of the soldiers and the officer had no other choice. If it was a settler who was beaten we would not have heard the cries of the hypocrites on the left. Turns out they are not interested in human rights but the rights of terrorists and pro-Arabs.”    

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said he sees the incident as very grave.

 

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Several prominent rabbis expressed their support for Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner, who was suspended after assaulting a Danish pro-Palestinian activist with an M-16 rifle, saying that the military’s decision to suspend him was impetuous.

Eisner expressed remorse over his action, saying that while he should not have flung his weapon at the activist, the video footage released depicted only “60 seconds out of a two-hour event.”

Rabbi Haim Drukman, who was Eisner’s mentor, described his former pupil as “a fine man, an idealist. He didn’t choose a military career because he needed a job – he is there to give his life for the security of Israel,” he told Ynet Monday.

“Seeing such images is naturally disturbing, he continued, “But that’s just a few seconds that do not depict the entire incident. This is not someone who likes violence. He found himself in an unusual situation and this is what happened.”

Rabbi Drukman further said that he was sure the IDF inquiry into the incident will “get to the bottom of things.”

Former Chief IDF Rabbi Avihai Ronski slammed the decision to suspend Eisner, who he described as “a highly ethical individual.”

The reaction, he said, “most likely stemmed from the fact that the activist had just assaulted him and broke his hand. It was instinctual.”

Ronski also questioned what he called the rash decision to suspend the officer: “What’s the rush? Conduct your inquiry first and impose discipline only if the result warrants it.

“How can you say this was ‘a serious event’ after only a few seconds of footage? These kinds of incidents are why today’s commanders feel they have no backing.”   Military Judge Advocate General Brigadier-General Avi Mandelblit ordered a criminal investigation against Eisner.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz condemned the incident, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “Such conduct does not represent the IDF, its officers and soldiers and is utterly unacceptable.”

“The incident does not reflect IDF principles and will be thoroughly investigated,” Gantz said.    

  1. #1 by Wally D on 04/16/2012 - 4:17 pm

    A coward and a bully.

  2. #2 by Vickie Jacobs on 04/16/2012 - 4:23 pm

    Wonder what the reaction would be if this would happen in America. How can you keep something like this hidden for long? People, wake-up. It maybe your turn next. Do you think your pro-Israel church goers are going to come to your rescue? Maybe they’ll be the ones casting the stones at you. The fire is getting lit under the pot for this in this country. You are the frogs that will be boiled.

  3. #3 by Markschock on 04/16/2012 - 7:43 pm

    If he had been a Palestinian he would have probably been shot,IDF are animals and Eisner surely is a psycopathic thug…

  4. #4 by equalizer on 04/16/2012 - 10:03 pm

    Lt.Col. SHALOM????????????? Eisner

  5. #5 by Adalberto Erazo Jr. on 04/16/2012 - 10:44 pm

    Look at the photo of the guy. My God! Just look at the face! The guy looks like a demon in human form that crawled out of Hell. I am then reminded of the photo with the mutilated body in the previous photo and a very disturbing question comes to mind. Are the unfortunate Palestinians who get caught by these demons mutilated while they are dead or are they mutilated to death while still alive?

  6. #6 by Om on 04/17/2012 - 12:03 am

    It took the ziotards two hours, waiting in ambush.

    There is no way in israhell that the jewish thug just had his fingers broken. ☮

    You can see him punching with his right, holding the m16 with his left, and then later in the background with a mock-up bandage on his hand.

    Perhaps he broke his own hand, while attacking Palestinian peace activists.

  7. #7 by USA on 04/17/2012 - 3:11 am

    Another example that the Jews and the Bolsheviks are the same.

    The reason that they do it is because they can do it.

    The wake up call will be when they do it in the U.S.A. ; and, for the same reason.

    The stage has been set, and all the laws of their favor are in place and it’s coming.

    It’s about time that poeple woke up to it before it actually gets here. Not that it will stop it, no way; but you can spend some time between now and then getting ready, whatever that may mean to you.

  8. #8 by USA on 04/17/2012 - 3:17 am

    Epitaph: The Late, Great United States

  9. #9 by jrfriend on 04/17/2012 - 5:06 am

    All the more reason for the world to declare war on Israel!

  10. #10 by Adalberto Erazo Jr. on 04/17/2012 - 11:28 am

    Now I know why that demonic Shalom Eisner coward looks so familiar! Take a good look at this photo! LOL

    Line 2 for the Arc Angel Michael! Line 2 for the Arc Angel!Your needed down on earth to slay a demon.

  11. #11 by TruthOutJournal on 04/17/2012 - 1:08 pm

    Go USA! You’re spot on. Big difference today in the USA, is the gun issue. That’s the big red flag. They first need to get the guns away from the people, or just continue to poison them first, and kill them that way. Notice that no one can or pretends to fight back in the video? They are helpless like sheep. That’s the way they like it. When they knock on your door to take your guns, then a video like this in hometown USA will be common place. Except, they will shoot the person taking the video and smash their camera, then take their bicycle away.

  12. #12 by Ponderosa70 on 04/17/2012 - 1:45 pm

    Fat pig with a gun(payed for by us) a badge.

  13. #13 by Markschock on 04/17/2012 - 2:12 pm

    Eisner said that he broke his fingers and right hand wrist…Naaaaaaaaaaaaah !! He is a liar like his pairs !

  14. #14 by USA on 04/17/2012 - 6:06 pm

    TruthOutJournal

    Thanks for the “thumbs up” ! I’ve pondered this gun issue long and hard from every possible perpective.

    There are two main quallifiers to be understood that predetermine any use of leathal force. (or for that manner any force) They are the conscious conviction that you are “in the right”; and then what follows is the guts and moral fiber to act.

    A black belt in Karate laccking the will to fight is as useless as if he were a cripple. The same holds true for an armed population. A weapon is easier thrown down than raised in a fire fire fight if one’s survrval for the moment is considered, unless you have the will and the moral backbone and ,yes, the training.

    Realistically, it’s almost laughable to believe that guns in the U.S. will make a big difference.

    I know many full of false bravado would contest it, and despise me for saying it, as they play the key board patriot.

    You know what is even more laughable, Ammerican nievete’. They aren’t going to come to the house with a bull horn, and some cops and in riot geer like Wacko, that was a learning experience for them.

    They are going to send a “Drone”. Good Luck ‘Rambo’.

    The first assault by a trained and motivated force with automatic weapons and air and armored support will dispel all that 2nd ammendament good old boy bravado instantly.

    To my first point again, Americans have no will to fight. They also have doubts of resolve concerning the righteousness of their cause. Without these, guns are useless.

  15. #15 by ZEN on 04/19/2012 - 2:17 pm

    http://just-another-inside-job.blogspot.com/2007/04/150-000-jews-in-hitlers-army.html

    Sure (many of) you will know this site. Yet many other fellow mortals that are new to TUT (&co)
    could need this retrospesctive.

    @Vickie Jacobs and others MTV Make This Viral.

    The zionide jews have learned this trick. In the Vietnam episode there were stiil independent
    (photo)journalists not embedded- in bed- with the perps of the killingfields. It made a great difference. Now the whole msm is zj- occupied territory minus the net.

    CIA O

  16. #16 by ZEN on 04/19/2012 - 2:34 pm

    God is the Author of everything and nothing. See how S/He/ IT allows these maniacs to form the Bilderberg, meaning the Mountain of Images.

    HALLELUJAH ALLAHU AKBAR

  17. #17 by Saraleah Sands on 02/10/2014 - 10:21 pm

    During WW2, leftist danes risked their lives transporting jews to neutral sweden. I guess this was a thank you, right in the kisser. Lesson learned !

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