TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Footage of Israeli soldiers beating and humiliating a father and son tied up and blindfolded on the floor of a military jeep was released by an Israeli military court on Tuesday.
An Israeli court unsealed chilling footage of ultra-Orthodox Israeli soldiers laughing as they beat a handcuffed Palestinian father and his teenage son, who were captured in a raid. The video was evidence in a detainee abuse trial, RT reported.
The footage shows soldiers from the ultra-Orthodox 97th Netzah Yehuda Battalion of the Iaraeli forces abusing two handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees inside a military vehicle.
After striking a plea deal, the five soldiers were found guilty of abuse and sentenced to serve between two and six-and-a-half months in prison.
The shocking case garnered much attention in Israel. TV presenter Oshrat Kotler said that young IDF soldiers become “human animals” after they return from the West Bank. “That’s the result of the occupation” of Palestinian lands, she said. The journalist’s comments were met with both backlash and support.
The Israeli forces have been repeatedly accused of mistreating Palestinians during arrests and while in custody. Last year, a 33-year-old man died hours after he was severely beaten during an arrest amid clashes in Jericho, in the West Bank. Footage from the scene showed the soldiers gun-butting him as he was lying on the ground. Israeli forces claimed that the man had tried to attack them.