Officer, Soldier From Israeli Army's Religious Combat Unit Arrested

Cause of arrest not immediately known, but appears to be security-related.

Illustrative photo of IDF soldier under arrest.
Tal Cohen

A soldier and an officer from an ultra-Orthodox infantry battalion have been arrested overnight Monday by Military Police. The cause of the arrest was not immediately known, but seems to be related to security offenses.

A statement issued by Honenu, a right-wing non-profit group that provides legal aid, said that non-military forces were also present during the arrest of the officer and the soldier, both from the religious Netzach Yehuda battalion.

In February it was made public that an Israeli soldier was arrested and questioned by investigators under suspicion of passing confidential information to right-wing activists. The court did not release any details that could be used to identify the soldier, including which unit he serves in, but it was said that the information he allegedly passed along harmed the operational activities of security forces in the area where he serves.

In January, IDF soldier Elad Ya'akov Sela was sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment after being convicted of leaking confidential information to right-wing activists who were suspected of committing acts of violence against Palestinians.

A number of soldiers in the Netzach Yehuda battalion were accused of abusing Palestinians in several cases in 2015. One solider was sentenced to nine months in prison for abusing and electrocuting Palestinian detainees, while another soldier, who was sentenced to seven months in jail, was filming the acts.