New, Longer Video Shows Israeli Soldiers Beating Arrested Palestinian

Clip reveals beginning of Friday's confrontation between IDF soldiers, Palestinian man in West Bank refugee camp of Jalazone; soldiers seen swearing at journalists.

Gili Cohen
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Screenshot from the 10-minute-long video, taken by a Palestinian journalist and released by the International Solidarity Movement.
Gili Cohen

After Israeli soldiers were captured on video last week beating a Palestinian man after he was arrested in a protest in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jalazone, another video of the same incident was released on Wednesday, revealing the events that transpired before the incident.

The 10-minute-long video, taken by a Palestinian journalist and released by the International Solidarity Movement, shows the soldiers swearing at several journalists and the beginning of the confrontation between them and the Palestinian man.

The Palestinian is not seen trying to grab their weapons, contrary to soldiers' claims, though he can be seen touching their weapons or drawing near it.

An IDF investigation found that thought the arrest was justified, the soldiers made a disproportionate use of force. Two soldiers seen beating the man were given suspended sentences of 28 days in military jail. Another soldier, who was filmed cursing at the man, was sentenced to 30 days on base without leave.

The company commander from the Netzah Yehuda Battalion, which was involved in the incident, was reprimanded by Kfir Brigade Commander Col. Asher Ben Lulu. 

Ben Lulu stated that the incident took place after a violent protest in which stones and firebombs were thrown at the soldiers. During the protest, the company commander was injured in the face by a stone. Ben Lulu claimed that the Palestinian man provoked the soldiers, did not respond to their calls to stop and attempted to grab one of the soldiers' weapons.

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