Is­raeli probe is ‘cyn­i­cal’

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BETHLEHEM: Is­rael-based Rab­bis for Hu­man Rights said that Is­raeli lead­ers’ calls to pros­e­cute the spokesper­son for Is­raeli NGO Break­ing the Si­lence was a move that “smacks of ide­o­log­i­cal per­se­cu­tion”, amid an on­go­ing Is­raeli in­ves­ti­ga­tion over an as­sault he car­ried out on a Pales­tinian pro­tester dur­ing his ser­vice in the army, which he pro­vided as tes­ti­mony to the group.

Dean Is­sacharoff came un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a video was re­leased when the former sol­dier is heard ad­mit­ting to beat­ing an un­armed Pales­tinian pro­tester in the south­ern oc­cu­pied West Bank district of He­bron. Break­ing the Si­lence pro­vides anony­mous tes­ti­monies from Is­raeli sol­diers and veter­ans re­count­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences serv­ing in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory in or­der to shed light on abuses com­mit­ted by the Is­raeli army. Rab­bis for Hu­man Rights said that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was “a cyn­i­cal move that smacks of ide­o­log­i­cal per­se­cu­tion”.

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