An initial investigation by the IDF found that while soldiers were inspecting a car, they confiscated a Palestinian flag from it and set it aligt. They then threw it into nearby bushes.
The checkpoint itself is manned by four soldiers, but only two were court-martialed and disciplined. The squad commander was removed from his commanding role and sentenced to 20 days in military prison. Another soldier was confined to the base for 28 days.
A military official confirmed that an initial investigation was undertaken in the field because it the soldiers apparently acted against protocol.
The IDF Spokesperson's Office also stated, "The first investigation made clear that it was an unusual incident and that the soldiers acted in contradiction with what is expected of it and against commanders' instructions."