IDF document: Avoid media provocations (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.17.12, 14:31)
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Instruction page distributed to soldiers serving in West Bank warns
of ´foreign press looking for strong images.´ IDF officer: It´s hard
to believe Lt. Col. Eisner fell into their trap
"Remember it takes only 10 seconds out of hours of video footage to
cause irreparable damage to the image of the soldiers, the army and
the State," an instruction page distributed by the IDF Spokesperson´s
Unit to soldiers serving in Judea and Samaria read.
The instruction page, which was obtained by Ynet, urges officers to
remember that "the media, and especially the foreign press, is
looking for strong images, even provocative, and therefore we must
refrain from creating such images unnecessarily.
"Remember that reporters on the field can create a provocation by
their very presence or even intentionally in order to incite you to
react the way they want you to," the document stated.
In recent years, the IDF has been sending combat soldiers with a
camcorder to accompany units during operational activities, including
suspect arrests, patrols inside Palestinian villages and riots. The
footage recorded during these activities is then used for legal and
Every spatial brigade has an IDF Spokesperson´s Unit representative
at hand, in addition to the division spokespersons. Also, almost
every company or regiment commander has a camcorder, and it is quite
common to see soldiers carrying video cameras during regimental
All these precautions, however, have not helped avoid the incident on
Saturday in which Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner was captured on camera
striking a Danish activist with his M-16 rifle.
´Lethal, yet legitimate weapon´
"The media has taken a central place on the modern battlefield and
constitutes a lethal, yet legitimate weapon with which to achieve the
goal," the document read.
"The media does not reflect reality as a mirror, but rather shapes
and influences it. The Palestinians make good use of this tool. It´s
important to be the one leading and not the one being led," the
document stated, while stressing the need for swift reactions and
"Unlike in the past, nowadays all soldiers and officers in the
territories are aware that pro-Palestinian activists are trying to
ambush them," an officer serving in the Judea and Samaria regiment
told Ynet. "The goal is to capture the soldiers beating or verbally
attacking or humiliating the Palestinian population."
The officer explained that soldiers serving in the territories get an
extensive briefing on the subject. "The forces get lectures and even
undergo simulations that were very similar to what happened (to Lt.
Col. Eisner) in reality. That´s why itís difficult to understand why
an officer such as himself fell into their trap."
IDF sources said Tuesday that IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz will
likely dismiss Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner. The sources also estimated
that he may be offered another position in the army.
Central Command Chief Nitzan Alon is expected to hand over his
recommendation on the matter to Gantz.
Earlier on Tuesday Eisner commented on the affair and told
reporters, "These are tough times but I´ll get through it."
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/17/12)
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