Israeli rights group gives up on army complaints system
JERUSALEM—A leading Israeli rights group announced Wednesday it was giving up taking complaints over soldier conduct to the military, after years of going through official channels brought few prosecutions.
B’Tselem, which campaigns against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, said it had been providing information to the Military Advocate General Corps about alleged abuses for 25 years, but had concluded it was increasingly a “whitewash mechanism.”
As such, “continuing to file complaints to the military law enforcement system does more harm than good,” it said in a new report entitled “The Occupation’s Fig Leaf.” The army had no immediate comment.
The Military Advocate General supervises the rule of law in the army, including internal disciplinary procedures.
The army defines MAG’s role as to “instill the general principles of law and the values of justice in the Israel Defence Forces.”—Agencies