- Published on Monday, 23 April 2012 13:54
Tapes were released on Friday showing Lt. Col Shalom Eisner hitting three activists with his M-16 rifle during the protests in the Jordan Valley bike ralley.
According to Israeli media sources, the Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem, released an 8 minute piece of footage shot by Palestinian TV 2, showing one soldier pushing a cyclist just moments before Eisner is pictured striking the Danish demonstrator in the face. The video then depicts Eisner turning to a female protestor and hitting her unprovoked with his rifle before repeating the action on another male protester. Finally it shows Eisner using physical force to remove two more demonstrators at which point the protesters leave.
According to Chanel 2 news, a spokesperson for B'Tselem stated that the footage was proof that the protesters engaged in non-violent activism and the force used by the soldiers was unjustified.
“The documentation refutes the claims that the protesters were violent before they were attacked by the soldiers... the serious event illustrates the sense of immunity from prosecution the deputy brigade commander felt, in the absence of effective deterrence mechanism - because there is almost no law enforcement in cases of violence by soldiers against Palestinians.”
The incident took place last Saturday at a junction of route 90, a road that cuts through the West Bank in Palestine, a highway that is reserved only for Israeli's and settlers, and one which Palestinians with green cards are forbidden to enter. A group of 150-200 Palestinians and international activists cycled through the Jordan Valley to visit villagers who are most affected by the Israeli Occupation, but when they reached route 90 they were blocked by the Israeli Occupying Force who used extreme violent measures to force them to leave the highway.