Days after Israel Defense Forces chief Benny Gantz opted to dismiss Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner for striking a foreign left-wing protester, new video evidence released by an Israeli NGO pertains to prove the Israeli officer employed brute force unprovoked.
According to a statement, which was attached to the Palestinian television clip, by B'Tselem, Eisner is seen striking five different pro-Palestinian protesters in last Saturday's incident.
In addition, and in an apparent contrast to Eisner's own contention, there seem to be no signs of violence from the protesters toward IDF troops in general, or Eisner in particular.
On Wednesday, Gantz chose to dismiss Eisner, who was filmed over the weekend hitting a Danish protester with his rifle butt in the Jordan Valley after the recommendations of GOC Central Command Nitzan Alon and Sami Turgeman, commander of the IDF's ground forces, on the grounds that the attack was a "moral failure."
Gantz said that an investigation into the incident revealed operational failures in the preparation of IDF soldiers for the protest bike ride in which the activist took part as well as in the soldiers' handling of the confrontation that erupted.
Eisner, who was due to receive the rank of colonel, will be transferred to a senior staff position and will be barred from carrying out any command position in the IDF in the next two years. As of 2014, Einser will be able to return to a command position, should he fulfill the necessary requirements.
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