A soldier who yawned during an address by his base commander in a memorial service for Yitzchak Rabin was sent to jail for 21 days. Apparently, the soldier was seated in the fourth row in the air force base event, and yawned quite loudly, without covering his mouth.
Following the memorial session he was summoned before an officer and charged with scoffing the ceremony and exhibiting flippant behavior.
The soldier’s mother responded angrily, calling the punishment too severe considering the offensive.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office stated the soldier’s behavior during a memorial service was inappropriate and therefore, he was punished.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)