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Israeli officer strikes demonstrator with gun

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 00:30

April 16 - An Israeli army officer is suspended after striking a protester with his gun during a protest in the West Bank city of Nablus. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Israel's military suspended a senior officer who struck a pro-Palestinian protester in the face with a gun, an army spokesman said on Monday (April 16). The video shows Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner holding his M-16 rifle in both hands and shouting at a group of demonstrators taking part in a bicycle rally in the occupied West Bank, before suddenly striking a man in the face. The demonstrator, a Danish national, fell to the ground and was carried away by activists. Israeli military spokesman Yoav Mordechai told Army Radio the incident happened on Saturday (April 14). He told Army Radio the officer's behaviour was unacceptable and he had been suspended following an initial investigation. However, he added that the edited video did not reflect the whole story. The protester, named as Andreas Ias, was treated in a Palestinian hospital for light injuries and told Israeli media on Monday that he was well. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the officer's actions, releasing a statement that said: "this behaviour is not characteristic of IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers and commanders and it has no place in the IDF or in the state of Israel."

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Israeli officer strikes demonstrator with gun

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 00:30