Israeli Officer Jailed for Attending Event With Controversial Right-wing Rapper

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Israeli rapper Yoav Eliasi, known as "the Shade," with fellow right-wingers in central Tel Aviv, July 12, 2014.Credit: Reuters

An Armored Corps company commander was jailed after his company held an event attended by controversial right-wing rapper Yoav Eliasi, also known as “The Shadow."

The event was held two weeks ago at a pool in Be’er Yaakov after soldiers from the 77th Battalion had finished a tour in the Gaza border region. In a video that Eliasi posted on his Facebook page, he said that he came because he’d been asked to attend. Photos from the event show that the rapper spent a few hours there. 

According to Eliasi, he had been involved in organizing a barbecue for the troops and he is seen singing army folk songs in a video. The officer was sentenced to a week in prison, but only spent four days behind bars after asking for leniency. The sentence was reported by Channel 2’s website. 

The IDF said the commander was punished because Eliasi’s attendance had not received the requisite approvals. The commander claimed that he did not know in advance that Eliasi was coming, but in the video the rapper is seen addressing the soldiers. 

The commander in the end spent only four days in prison. At the end of 2015 the army conducted an investigation after Eliasi attended an event on a Golani Brigade base without a permit. After that, commanders were reminded that the appearance of any performer before an army unit required the approval of the relevant military authorities. 

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