Video Shows IDF Officer Pointing Loaded Gun at Unarmed Palestinian

YouTube video uploaded by B'Tselem shows an IDF officer cocking his gun and pointing it at a Palestinian man during an IDF operation in the West Bank; IDF says will open investigation into the matter.

A video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday showed an IDF officer pointing a loaded gun at an unarmed Palestinian in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, last month.

According to B'Tselem, a human rights organization that uploaded the video, on June 18 IDF forces came to arrest a youth from the village for allegedly throwing stones when his cousin stopped the IDF officer to try to prevent the arrest.

The video shows the IDF officer, a First Lieutenant, shouting and pushing the Palestinian man and then immediately cocking his loaded gun into the man's face. When the man continued to fight with him, the IDF officer again pointed the gun at him.

The IDF Spokesperson said in response, "On the surface this looks like a serious incident. The incident will be brought to the attention of the commanders and simultaneously an investigation will be opened on the matter."

IDF officer pointing gun at Palestinian - YouTube - July 20, 2011.