IDF soldiers filmed humiliating bound Palestinian face court martial
Four Golani soldiers posted a clip on YouTube depicting mistreatment of Palestinian at checkpoint.
The Israel Defense Forces ruled on Thursday it will court-martial four infantrymen who were filmed verbally abusing a bound and blindfolded Palestinian at what is believed to be a checkpoint in the West Bank, Channel 10 reported.
According to the report, IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi ordered an investigation into the incident, tapping GOC Northern Command Gadi Eizencot to oversee the probe.
Last week, soldiers from the Golani infantry brigade posted a video on YouTube depicting a blindfolded Palestinian being forced to repeat phrases in Hebrew as the soldiers manning the checkpoint laugh in the background.
One of the lines is: "Golani will bring you a log to stick up your ass."
As the detainee repeats the words, the soldiers are heard laughing raucously in the background.
The clip has drawn the attention of both domestic and international media outlets, sparking public outrage at the soldiers' behavior.
Last week, the army issued a harsh condemnation of the troops' actions.
"The IDF views this incident gravely and condemns it. Behavior of this kind goes against IDF values and its soldiers' expected norms of behavior," the IDF Spokesman's Unit said in a statement it released.
The IDF said it was unaware of the incident until it received the clip from Channel 10, after which it immediately began an investigation.
"With the emergence of all of the details, it will be decided whether to take steps and which [to take]. The IDF denunciates this behavior," the statement said.