Israel on Monday suspended indefinitely an IDF officer who just a day earlier struck a pro-Palestinian Danish activist during a demonstration in the Jordan Valley region.
The incident occurred not far from Jericho, where 20-year-old Andreas Ayas and several more European activists confronted Israeli soldiers stationed in the area.
According to army officials, the confrontation lasted for roughly two hours, but it was a short 90-second clip that was uploaded to the Internet and subsequently made international headlines. In that clip, IDF Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner is seen slamming his M-16 rifle into Ayas’ face, knocking the activist to the ground.
IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai lamented that the short, sensationalist video clip had managed to put the entire episode out of context.
“The video doesn’t represent all of it,” Mordechai told reporters, noting that the activists spent a great deal of time and energy trying to provoke a violent response from the Israelis. Eisner himself insisted that he was not the first to strike, and that in the moments just before the video that was broadcast worldwide, Ayas broke two of Eisner’s fingers.
“I’ve learned my lesson from the incident and will never again be dragged into provocation,” Eisner told Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv, “but you must understand the whole situation, in which we were trying for two hours to stop lawbreakers. I simply did my job.”
Source: Israel Today
When I saw the video of this event, I wounder what a Danish national is doing inside Israel provoking the Israeli army?
I do not know any Israeli national who travel to Denmark to create trouble. At least not for the Danish military.
Written by Ivar