JAFFA, Israel, April 6 (UPI) — An Israeli Army medic and his superior officer are facing charges they brutalized Palestinian detainees in the West Bank, prosecutors say.
Charges filed with the Jaffa Military Court allege the two, a staff sergeant serving as a medic and a lieutenant serving as a company commander, committed aggravated assault upon Palestinians detained for routine searches and questioning, Ynetnews.com reported.
Prosecutors say the incident occurred last September when, while on a military motorcade patrolling the West Bank, the medic struck a Palestinian who had been stopped for questioning with his helmet, kicked him in the abdomen and tore his shirt while the lieutenant — his direct superior — stood by and did nothing.
The indictment also alleges that the medic struck a second Palestinian and shoved a third to the ground, later pinning another detainee to a wall, choking and kicking him, Ynetnews reported.
The officer’s attorney, Shimon Cohen, reportedly demanded his client be released from jail and provided a statement by the soldiers’ brigade commander saying the case was hurting military morale.
Hurting Military Morale?????????????????????
What about the injured and abused? Oh, so sorry, how stupid of me to forget they are only Palestinians!