A shocking video from Israel’s Channel 10 and picked up by Al Quds shows an assault by an Israeli soldier on Palestinian laborers in 2009. The soldier was 19 and was convicted of the assault three weeks ago. His weapon of choice was an M-16.
Our friend Shmuel provides this translation:
The report (from Chanel 10) describes the attacker as “Kfir Brigade soldier on leave, Michael Gershkovitz”. The incident occurred on 16 April 2009, outside the settlement of Petzael in the Jordan Valley (captured on security camera), and Gershkovitz was tried (indicted a few months after the incident) for “wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm”. In his defense he blamed “flashbacks” from the extreme violence he had witnessed during his service in the Territories.
Shmuel consulted the court records:
He was convicted on 7/7/13. The summary doesn’t say what the sentence was but that he confessed, that his age at the time (19 and 1 month) was taken into account, that he was followed by a parole board (he is now working as a barman in Eilat) and that attempts were made to reach a settlement with the victims.
According to the report, the attack was completely unprovoked. Gershkovitz just drove up to a group of Palestinian workers waiting to be picked up by their employers, took out his M-16 and started to beat them.
Ofer Neiman says an Israeli NGO states that the soldier received a two-month sentence.
A soldier on leave treats Palestinians in the Jordan valley like punching bags, breaking 4 teeth of one of them. And it is no coincidence that he feels entitled, that he will not have to pay the price for his actions. He is right. The judge gives him a shockingly light sentence: two months in prison and four months of community service.
Here is a translation by online translation services of the Al Quds story:
This video aired by Channel 10 shows a brutal assault. The assailant is reportedly an Israeli soldier in civilian clothes.
According to the video channel that aired a few hours ago, the soldier, who was wearing civilian clothes, approaches the car with a number of Palestinian workers who work at a nearby settlement, returns to his car and gets his weapon and without any reason started beating them one by one.
The announcer on says the original video shows a ten minute attack, striking workers, and says, “violence is not restricted.” It says that a number of workers have complained against the soldier and “a military court sentenced him to only two months.”