Denmark seeks clarifications from Israel over activist´s beating (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 04.16.12, 19:36)
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FM Sovndal lauds Netanyahu for condemning incident in which senior
IDF officer struck Danish pro-Palestinian activist with M-16 rifle.
Attorney: I hope soldiers who ´assaulted activists´ will be
The Danish Foreign Ministry has asked Israel for clarifications over
Saturday´s incident in which Danish pro-Palestinian activist Andreas
Ias was beaten with an M-16 rifle by senior IDF officer Lt.-Col.
Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal said Monday, "We are not aware
of all the circumstances surrounding the incident. The Danish
ambassador has asked the Israeli authorities for an immediate
The minister noted that he was informed that the IDF officer involved
has been suspended and that an investigation has been
launched. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the
incident, and I agree with him," Soyndal said, adding that Ias (20)
will receive all necessary consular assistance if he so wishes.
Danish ambassador to Israel Liselotte Plesner said she would relay
any information provided by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to
Copenhagen. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the ambassador received
all the information she had requested. "It´s odd that the (Danish
Foreign Ministry) decided to issue such a statement at this time,"
one Israeli official said.
Eisner was interrogated by Military Police investigators for the
first time Monday evening.
Earlier, Lt.-Col. Eisner´s sister told Ynet, "He tried to protect
himself from a terror activist who disrupted his sacred work." The
sister said the foreign activists broke her brother´s wrist.
Eisner, the deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Territorial
Brigade, said that after hearing of the foreign activists´ intention
to block Route 90 to protest restrictions on Palestinian movement in
the area, he arrived at the scene and ordered the forces to prevent
the blocking of the road.
"I explained to the activists that many travelers were using the road
because of the holiday and that they are posing a major security
risk," he said. Eisner noted he had acted in the same manner when
groups of right-wing activists had tried to access the road for
Lt. Col. Eisner claimed that some of the protesters attacked him with
sticks and broke one of his fingers. He also suffered a major injury
to his wrist, which required a cast. "The weapon was the only thing I
had in my hands. The whole thing lasted 60 seconds, we prevented them
from getting on the road and they boarded the bus. Obviously, they
didn´t show the part where they attacked us with sticks in the video."
The IDF maintains that the version posted on YouTube by members of
the ISM organization was heavily edited and did not show the events
leading up to the incident, in which, according to the army, the
activists assaulted IDF soldiers.
Meanwhile, the foreign activists who were involved in the incident
have decided to lodge a complaint with the Military Advocate
General´s Office with the help of The Public Committee Against
Torture in Israel (PCATI).
Attorney Maisa Arshid of PCATI told Ynet that some of the soldiers
who were at the scene assaulted the activists. She expressed hope
that the soldiers would be prosecuted. "The activists and the
Palestinians did not engage in any act of violence and did not
provoke the soldiers," the attorney claimed.
"They are regular civilians who merely wanted to hold a peaceful
bicycle procession. If (Eisner) claims he was beaten with a stick, he
should present medical documentation which proves it. How could he
have continued beating the activists with a broken finger?"
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