Female soldier who fended off anti-IDF radicals to be indicted?

IDF soldier who was harassed by dozens of anti-draft protesters faces possible assault charges.

David Rosenberg,

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A female IDF soldier who fended off haredi demonstrators at an anti-draft demonstration in Jerusalem last week is currently under investigation by Israel Police after footage of the soldier kicking protesters as they harassed her went viral.

Last Monday night, hundreds of haredi demonstrators joined protests in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak organized by the Yerushalmi Faction (Jerusalem Faction), a movement led by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach which is staunchly opposed to haredi registration with the IDF to defer service and to enlistment in the IDF .

In footage originally released by Channel 10 from one rally in central Jerusalem, demonstrators can be seen blocking the road on Sarei Yisrael Street, near Jaffa Road.

The female soldier, who had to stop her car when she reached the demonstration, can be seen confronting demonstrators, demanding they make way. Some of the protesters responded by spitting at the soldier and calling her “shiksa”, a derogatory Yiddish slang word referring to non-Jewish women.

As demonstrators approached her, the soldier kicked and swiped at the protesters, striking several of them.

On Sunday, a police spokesperson reported that the soldier had been questioned under caution by members of the Internal Investigation Department for her actions during last week’s demonstration in the capital.

The soldier is facing possible assault charges for her actions during the run-in with protesters.

According to Channel 2, a police officer who was filmed drawing his sidearm and threatening to shoot protesters during Monday night’s demonstration will not be indicted.

In the video, the officer can be seen approaching protestors with his pistol drawn, asking "who wants a bullet" before getting into his car and driving away.

Police said in response that the officer felt threatened and that the incident was under investigation. "A preliminary review revealed that the policeman suddenly found himself in a group of violent demonstrators who gathered around him, hurling rocks and various objects at the car and blocking the vehicle with their bodies.

"At one point the policeman felt threatened and tried to drive them away. The policeman was summoned last night to his commanders to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident."