Brigade commander rebuked for Naalin shooting
Judea and Samaria Division Commander marks reprimand in Colonel Aviv Reshef's personal record following incident in which rubber-coated bullet was fired towards bound Palestinian detainee. Regiment commander says in hearing he did not order soldier to shoot
Judea and Samaria Division Commander, Brigadier-General Noam Tibon, marked a reprimand against Binyamin Brigade commander, Colonel Aviv Reshef, in the latter's personal record following the incident in the West Bank village of Naalin, in which a rubber-coated bullet was fired towards a bound Palestinian detainee.
A hearing was held on Thursday for the regiment commander who ordered the soldier to shoot at the detainee. The officer's attorneys said their client had not given any such order. The Military Prosecution will decide whether to indict him or not next week.
The regiment commander is currently on a 10-day forced leave, as determined Wednesday by Northern Command Chief Gadi Eisenkot. An indictment may influence the commander's position in the brigade and promotion in the IDF.
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About 10 days ago, the IDF began probing an incident in which rubber bullets were fired towards a bound Palestinian man who had been apprehended during the demonstrations against the separation fence in Naalin.
A 14-year old girl from the village filmed the incident from the window of her home.
The incident occurred on July 7, while the village was under full closure for four days. Palestinians, left-wing activists, and international peace activists held processions to Naalin from the direction of the nearby village of Dir Kadis in order to supply the residents with food.
One of the demonstrators, 27-year old Bil'in resident Ashraf Abu-Rahma, was detained for a half an hour. He was taken to a military jeep by a lieutenant-colonel on the scene. While he stood next to the jeep, one of the soldiers fired shots towards him, which Abu-Rahma claims injured him in the foot.
Hanan Greenberg contributed to this report