IDF Chief of Staff Removes Eisner from Command for Two Years (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 04/18/12)
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IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has decided to remove Lt. Col. Shalom
Eisner from his comman position following the media storm over an
edited video showing him using force to restrain a protester.
Lt. Col. Eisner will not be allowed to perform any duties as a
commander for two years. Military sources told Arutz Sheva that Lt.
Gen. Gantz made his decision after consulting with the Central
Command and the Ground Forces commander.
The IDF did not eject him from the armed forces, and his rank was not
Lt. Col. Eisner was the commander of the Jordan Valley Battalion and
was caught on film by International Solidarity Movement activists,
who blocked the only highway linking the southern and northern
communities near Israelís border.
He shoved his rifle butt in the face of a Danish activist who had
broken Eisner´s finger while the activist was beating him with a
stick during a two-hour confrontation, which the ISM video did not
Lt. Gen. Gantzís decision was a foregone conclusion given the
unprecedented media outrage over the incident, which quickly erupted
into a broadside even before a thorough investigation had begun.
In reporting the decision to remove Lt. Col. Eisner from his
position, Israel Broadcasting Authorityís Defense Analyst Carmela
Menashe determined that it was impossible to keep him in his position
because, in her words, he acted in direct opposition to his orders
not to use unnecessary violence against activists. ďHe lost his
cool,Ē she told listeners.
Voice of Israel government radio also brought in its legal
commentator to speculate that criminal charges might be filed against
Lt. Col. Eisner.
Soldiers, from privates to reserve officers, were incensed at the
media campaign and questioned whether the same outrage would have
been expressed had the officer involved not been religious.
National religious commentators noted that extreme police violence
against protesters from their community and against women and
children in middle-of-the-night expulsions almost never has been met
with media outrage.
Ironically, police in Denmark, home of the activist involved in the
incident, were shown in a YouTube video as beating and pepper-
spraying unarmed protesters, using violence that usually is seen in
Iran, Egypt and other Muslim countries. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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