Kfir Brigade Leads in W. Bank Violations

Kfir Brigade posted in W. Bank permanently; human rights group: figures reflect IDF moral failure.

The main perpetrators of crimes against Palestinians belong to the Kfir infantry brigade, according to statistics on Military Police investigations, which the Israel Defense Forces provided to the human rights organization Yesh Din.

The IDF is obliged to submit the data to Yesh Din under the Freedom of Information Law.

The numerous Military Police probes into crimes in the territories "reflect a moral and command failure in the IDF," said Lior Yavne of Yesh Din.

In 2007 the Military Police opened 351 probes for crimes in the territories, compared to 152 cases in 2006. The Military Police managed to tie the complaints to specific IDF units in only 55 percent of the cases, compared to 78 percent in the previous year.

Sixty-six of the investigations opened in 2007 were against Kfir soldiers, compared to 35 in 2006; 52 were against the paratroopers brigade (19 in 2006); 14 against Nahal (only one in 2006); 10 against Givati (one in 2006); six against the tank corps (none in 2006); and five each against Golani and the West Bank division. The Kfir brigade is posted in the West Bank permanently, which means it spends several more months a year there than any other brigade. It also has more regiments than other infantry brigades.

The Military Police is investigating a variety of crimes in the territories, from the killing of Palestinians and the illegal use of firearms to abuse and plunder.