The Nachshon Battalion commander tried on Tuesday four soldiers who were involved in an incident during
which they held a sign reading "Nachshon doesn't evict (Jews) either" on Monday. Two soldiers were sentenced to 20 - 24 days in military prison respectively while the other two were sentenced to 28 days in detention.
On Monday two additional battalion soldiers were sentenced to
30 days in military prison.
Commander of the brigade, Colonel Oren Avman, said Monday that the two would be demoted and would no longer be able to serve as combat soldiers or to hold officers' posts in the future.
Soldiers carrying the sign on roof top (Photo: Asaf Farid)
The soldiers decided to take action following the demolition of illegal structures in the settlement of Negohot Monday morning.
The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that "the soldiers' action is prohibited by its very foundation and is in opposition to the military's values. Any attempt to involve the IDF in the political discourse is inappropriate."
Right-wing activist Itamar Ben Gvir said in response that the punishments have not served as deterrents. "Only yesterday we received 40 applications of soldiers seeking to protest against the use of soldiers for the evacuation of Jews."