Indictment: Soldiers beat detained Arabs

5 soldiers from haredi battalion charged with beating Palestinian Arab detainees who were handcuffed and blindfolded, causing severe injury.

Ido Ben Porat ,

Arrest in Judea and Samaria (illustrative)
Arrest in Judea and Samaria (illustrative)
IDF Spokesperson

The Military Advocate General filed an indictment Thursday against five IDF soldiers from the Netzach Yehuda haredi battalion accused of beating two Palestinian Arabs they held as detainees.

According to the indictment, the soldiers, who are accused of aggravated abuse and serious injury in aggravated circumstances, beat the Arabs with slaps, punching and blunt objects while they were handcuffed and blindfolded, causing severe injuries.

The military prosecution asked to extend the detention of the soldiers until the end of the proceedings in their case.

It should be noted that two of the fighters are also charged with the offense of disrupting legal proceedings, after they allegedly coordinated the version they would relate regarding the incident.

The commander of the fighters, an officer with the rank of lieutenant, is in open detention. A decision on his case will be made separately.

Nahal Haredi was founded a few years ago by Los Angeles businessman David Hager in order to integrate the young haredi men into the Israel Defense Force on the mission of defending the Land of Israeli. Nahal Haredi started with a few dozens of soldiers, but today includes thousands.

One of the main battalions of Nahal Haredi is Netzach Yehuda, which operates in Judea and Samaria and takes part in combat and operative missions