Israeli soldier sentenced for abusing Palestinians

Israeli soldier receives seven month prison sentence for ill-treatment of Palestinian inmates

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Israeli soldiers patrol a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 3, 2015.

An Israeli soldier who released a video showing himself abusing Palestinian detainees last October received a seven month prison sentence, the military said on Thursday.  

The soldier from the religious Netzah Yehuda Battalion was shown on the video hitting the prisoner from the West Bank village of Safarin on the head, as well as kicking and stepping on his feet as a fellow soldier applied electric shocks to him.  

The mistreatment was filmed by the soldier as they laughed together.

The soldier was also accused of another crime a week after the initial incident in which he kicked a Palestinian prisoner.  

The Israeli military released a statement on Wednesday stating that the soldier was found guilty "on multiple accounts of mistreating apprehended individuals."

"The Israel Defence Forces [Israel's army] see in these extreme incidents a total violation and disregard of the IDF's Code of Conduct and strongly condemns these actions," it said.

Israeli forces have killed 66 Palestinians, including bystanders and unarmed demonstrators, in clashes since October 1.

TRTWorld and agencies