The Israeli National Security Minister, Itamar Ben–Gvir, gave his unequivocal support to the soldier who was handed a ten–day prison sentence for attacking a Palestinian human rights advocate.
A video of the incident that was shared on social media early this week shows a soldier forcibly shoving Palestinian activist Issa Amro and subsequently kicking him while he was down, with no obvious cause.
Ben-Gvir took to twitter to describe Issa Amro as an “anarchist who habitually harasses IDF personnel in Hebron.”
He expressed his full support for the soldier who refused to remain quiet, stating that instead of being incarcerated, Israeli soldiers should be given assistance.
Prior to Ben–Gvir‘s public remarks, the Israeli soldier was imposed a 10–day prison term in the army prison following the attack.
I never had a source assaulted in front of me until today when an Israeli soldier who stopped my interview did this with a Palestinian peace activist Issa Amro in Hebron. I can't stop thinking how dehumanizing the occupation is on the young soldiers charged with enforcing it. pic.twitter.com/Qrsa1UJsfA
— Lawrence Wright (@lawrence_wright) February 13, 2023
Amro, who had been touring the city of the West Bank, has yet to submit a report to the Israeli police.