Days of Palestine

Saturday, March 25

Ben-Gvir Shows Support for Soldier Jailed for Assaulting Palestinian Activist

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces following a protest aginst the killing of Udai Tamimi, a Palestinian who was wanted by Israel for a deadly attack against Israeli forces -- was killed after a 10-day manhunt, in the flashpoint city of Hebron in the West Bank on October 20, 2022. Tamimi had been sought by Israeli security forces since the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Israeli soldier earlier this month at a checkpoint at the entrance to the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem. The search for the fugitive had resulted in clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the camp, while also severely impeding daily life for Palestinians there. Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz
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The Israeli National Security Minister, Itamar BenGvir, gave his unequivocal support to the soldier who was handed a tenday 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 ananarchist 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 BenGvir‘s public remarks, the Israeli soldier was imposed a 10day prison term in the army prison following the attack.

Amro, who had been touring the city of the West Bank, has yet to submit a report to the Israeli police.