Anarchists, Israeli Media Upset at IDF Officer's 'Violence'
The Israeli media is aiming its arrows at an IDF officer who slammed his gun into the face of an anarchist who was blocking a road along with other leftists and Arabs.
The officer has been identified as Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, Deputy Commander of the Bik'a Brigade. The anarchists uploaded a video to the Internet in which he is seen slamming his gun, magazine first, into the face of an ISM anarchist.
As is usual in such cases, the anarchists' video is edited and does not include any documentation of their provocations vis-à-vis the reservist force that had to deal with them on the Jewish Sabbath. There was no evidence in the video that the anarchist was injured.
The incident occurred near Route 90, which runs along Israel's eastern border. The anarchists were obviously ignoring the orders of the IDF force to clear the road.
The anarchists claimed that they were trying to conduct a peaceful protest by riding their bicycles on Route 90. IDF forces "brutally attacked" them, they claimed, and three activists were hospitalized after the event.
The IDF Spokesman's Unit told Arutz Sheva that "This is a grave incident. The Head of Central Command, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, has ordered that a thorough and serious inquiry be conducted. The inquiry will look into the circumstances that preceded the events documented in the video as well as the serious incident that is seen in the film. Lessons will be learned and proper steps will be taken."