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Illegal Orders Given Prior to Destruction of Gilad Farm

In a video aired on Israel’s Channel 10, District Police Commander of Samaria, Shachar Ayalon is seen briefing his officers prior to the violent evacuation and dismantling of the Gilad Farm last year, ordering them to break the law.
First Publish: 11/6/2003, 6:34 PM

In a video aired on Israel’s Channel 10, District Police Commander of Samaria, Shachar Ayalon is seen briefing his men prior to the violent evacuation and dismantling of the Gilad Farm last year. He is seen ordering his officers to break the law by taking off their nametags and using only his name to identify themselves. He also tells them not to worry about charges being filed against them, as he would “dissolve the files.”

Chairman of the Committee of the Interior, MK Yuri Stern (National Union), in an interview following the airing of the video declared, “the Knesset Committee of the Interior views the illegal orders given by District Commander Shachar Ayalon with severity and will instruct Israel’s Police to investigate this grave incident – such things are not done.”

The clip on Channel 10 shows Commander Ayalon instructing his officers not to identify their names, and if asked to answer ‘Shachar Ayalon.’ He is also heard assuring the soldiers that all charges brought against them would be ‘made to dissolve.’ In the video, his words are received with laughter and applause by the special police unit brought to Chavat Gilad to violently destroy the agricultural outpost.

The following is the transcript of Channel 10’s clip:
District Commander Ayalon: … “Commanders have received their orders, answer ‘Shachar Ayalon.’ If they have a problem, they can come to me. Whoever wants to press charges let them file them under my name and I will dissolve the files. I’m not joking around with you, I am also talking about these (points to identification tags); they break after the first grab, and we all know that after that it takes two weeks to get a new one. Therefore nobody is to wear their name tag If somebody asks ‘who are you?’, ‘your name and badge number, please!’, Makes you crazy with all the procedural stuff and tries to get you to tell them your name and rank. Tell them Shachar Ayalon, District Commander – and if you have a problem or charges are filed, I will take care of it.”

MK Stern said that in his opinion, “the new revelations necessitate a full investigation and serious consideration of the future of such a commander in Israel’s Police force.”

Deputy Minister of Education Tzvi Hendel called for the firing of District Commander Ayalon. He charged, “if the details of this video are accurate, Ayalon’s behavior was outrageously spurious in instructing his officers to break the law, to remove their name tags and even telling them how to ‘work’ the legal system.”

“An officer who acts contrary to the law must not remain in Israel’s Police one more day,” added Hendel.

MK Gila Finkelstein (NRP) told Arutz-7 that “the behavior of Commander Ayalon is grave and worrisome. From the instruction he gave before the destruction of Chavat Gilad, a blatant disregard for procedure is displayed, and such lines are not to be crossed. His words are even more worrisome because how can officers under him respect the law with such guidance.

The brutal results of Ayalon's orders can be viewed by clicking here.