Soldiers: Lt. Col. Eisner was attacked by foreign activists (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.17.12, 18:48)
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Soldiers who witnessed incident in which senior officer struck Danish
pro-Palestinian activist say he was attacked as well. Palestinian:
You won´t find a photo of officer being struck because it never
Soldiers who witnessed Saturday´s incident in which Lt. Col. Shalom
Eisner was caught on camera striking a Danish activist with his M-16
rifle said the deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade was hit
by a bicycle that was hurled at him by the pro-Palestinian foreign
Eisner admitted to striking the Danish activist, but said he was
attacked prior to the incident. "It´s a shame that the camera did not
capture the attack on Eisner," one of the soldiers said Tuesday.
"It must be understood that the incident itself lasted maybe a minute
or two," said a soldier who serves in an IDF reserves battalion
currently stationed in the Jericho sector, where the incident took
place. "The two hours that preceded the incident were rather calm,
because Eisner allowed the activists to protest along the side of the
road. Had they demonstrated on the road itself - it would have ended
with a terrible accident. Before they (activists) tied to block the
road, things were fairly quiet."
The altercation occurred when dozens of foreign activists and
Palestinians on bicycles and on foot left Yitav, located near the
Palestinian village of Ouja, and headed towards join Route 90, a
major north-south artery. Access to the road was blocked by a group
of IDF soldiers.
The activists said they sang and chanted peacefully for about half an
hour, then decided to march toward the soldiers in an effort to reach
Route 90. That is when Colonel Eisner became violent, they said.
"Eisner lost his temper. We’ve never seen anything like it before," a
resident of Ouja said. "You won´t find a photo of the officer being
assaulted because it never happened."
Saad, a paramedic with the Palestine Red Crescent Society, documented
the altercation with his camera. "I did not see the officer being
hit. I photographed everything I saw, and it all happened very
quickly. This area is very calm. There are no altercations with the
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz was presented with the
findings of the army´s initial investigation into the incident.
Eisner admitted that he should not have struck the activist with his
rifle, but stressed that the foreign activists had assaulted him as
IDF officials estimated that Eisner will be dismissed from his post
but may be offered another role in the army. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 04/17/12)
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