Handcuffed and Blindfolded, Veteran of Israel's Top Commando Unit Now Fights the Occupation

An image of Avner Wishnitzer went viral last month when the historian, a veteran of Israel's most prestigious combat unit, was roughed up and detained by the army while trying to deliver water to Palestinian villagers

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A blindfolded Avner Wishnitzer standing next to an Israeli soldier in the West Bank last month following his detention.
A blindfolded Avner Wishnitzer standing next to an Israeli soldier in the West Bank last month following his detention.Credit: Daphne Banai
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

The photo shows a bearded man, blindfolded, his hands tied in front of him. An Israeli soldier is standing guard by his side.

Without knowing much about the circumstances surrounding the image, most Israelis would automatically assume that the man was a Palestinian. After all, when Palestinians are detained by Israeli troops in the West Bank, they are routinely blindfolded.

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