The IDF has released disturbing footage of a group of Nachal Chareidi soldiers beating two Palestinian prisoners earlier this year – just days after they were convicted of abuse, and given 6 month prison sentences.
The clip, which was recorded by one of the convicted soldiers, shows the soldiers repeatedly hitting the Palestinian detainees in the back of a vehicle while laughing and shouting in Hebrew “say hello now” — seemingly urging the beaten man to address the camera.
“We’re having a party,” one soldier in the video jeers, while the handcuffed and blindfolded prisoners can be heard calling out in pain.
Following requests from a number of Israeli news outlets, the Israel Defense Forces’ Central District Court in Jaffa lifted the gag order for the video, but only after the voices of soldiers had been distorted and their faces blurred in an effort to protect their identity.
The incident took place in December 2018, shortly after the Givat Assaf terror attack in which two Chareidi soldiers were tragically killed. The soldiers were still recovering from the deaths of two of their comrades, when they were expected to watch over the suspects believed connected to the attack.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)