Prosecution demands jailing Israeli soldiers over endangering Palestinian

10:17, October 26, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A military court on Monday held a sentence hearing for two Israel Defense Forces soldiers convicted of endangering the life of a Palestinian boy in January 2009, reported local news service Ynet.

The soldiers, former members of the IDF's elite Givati Brigade, were indicted in early October for using the illegal "neighbor procedure" during Operation Cast Lead, the IDF's incursion into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. While raiding a house in search of militants in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, the soldiers ordered a 9-year-old boy to search bags suspected of containing explosives.

The military prosecution on Monday demanded that the soldiers be imprisoned and demoted to the rank of corporal. Such punishment would also prevent them from continuing to serve in IDF reserve infantry unit in the future.

"The court must send a clear message in which the IDF always safeguards the value of human dignity and ethical behavior, even in the battlefield," the military prosecution argued in the hearing.

The soldiers' families and friends crowded outside the courtroom in a show of support.

【1】 【2】


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion