A video filmed by Palestinian TV shows Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner hurting a woman in her shoulder before striking the Danish activist with his M-16 rifle. He then attacked another protester and seconds later pulled the hair of another woman. The IDF officer was also seen hitting an activist in the back.
The footage, which documented several minutes of the event which took place on Route 90 last Saturday, shows anarchist activists preparing to ride the road as an IDF force blocks their way. One of the activists, wearing a black shirt, is seen hurting the leg of an IDF officer.
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This triggered a confrontation between the soldiers and the activists, during which Lt. Col. Eisner proclaimed the protest illegal. He yelled "move it" and "get out of here."
Later, the soldiers took the activists' bicycles and dumped them on a ditch at the side of the road. At the end of the clip, the activists are seen riding away with their bikes.
Eisner pulling the hair of a female activist
B'Tselem Executive Director Jessica Montell said that the footage refutes claims which suggest that the protesters had exercised violence before being attacked by the soldiers. She said that the event demonstrates Eisner's feeling of immunity noting that the law is rarely enforced in cases of IDF violence directed against Palestinians in the territories.
According to an IDF statement, the decision was made after the initial inquiry into the incident faulted Eisner for conduct unbecoming an officer. Ganzt also ordered that the Eisner will not be eligible for any promotion in the next two years.
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