Wednesday, April 18, 2012

IDF dismisses officer from post for hitting Danish activist

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IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz decides to remove Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, who hit Danish protester in the face, from his post • Army top brass calls Eisner's actions a moral failure •

The official version:

Following consultations between GOC Central Command, Major General Nitzan Alon, and the Chief of the Ground Forces Command, Major General Sami Turgeman, it has been determined by the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, to dismiss Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner from his post as Deputy Division Commander on moral grounds, while dealing with the incident.

IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai spoke of the video documenting Lt. Col. Eisner hitting a protestor with his M-16, "the incident that took place in the Jordan River Valley is extremely serious and in absolute contradiction with IDF ethics…There are different bodies, some of them anarchists and belligerent war instigators, disparaging our soldiers to create a buzz in the media, but we must maintain IDF ethics and avoid getting dragged into a provocation." Lt. Gen. Gantz concluded in the investigation of the incident that there were professional and command failure as well.

Lt. Col. Eisner was dismissed from his position and will not serve as the Deputy Commander of the IDF Officer School, and will not be eligible to serve in commanding positions in the next two years.

Back on October 1, 2000, Madhat Yousuf bled to death at Joseph's Tomb while the Commander of the IDF Forces in Judea and Samaria did not send reinforcement. He failed to save him. His name?

Benny Gantz.

Yes, the same.

It was claimed [Gantz] did not exhaust all options to save Yusuf, who was badly injured in clashes in the Joseph's Tomb compound, despite the fact that there was a force ready to enter and rescue the soldier.

Madhat's brother Mehdi told Ynet that the family opposes Gantz's appointment. "Gantz didn’t do anything during and after the event despite the fact he was 600 meters away from Madhat," he said.

Moral failure?

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