An off duty Israeli soldier has been caught red-handed setting fire to Palestinian farms during an attack in the West Bank a new video reveals.
Released by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the video shows a group of Israeli settlers attacking villagers and burning farms in Burin and ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah two weeks ago. B’Tselem identified one of the terrorists as an off-duty Israeli soldier.
The mob threw stones at homes, fired shots into the air and burned fields, all being clearly seen by the Israeli military, ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah being surrounded by watchtowers. The occupation forces not only allowed the carnage to proceed but prevented Palestinian farmers from reaching their burning fields.
No doubt looking to minimise the fallout from the blatant violation of human rights, the Israeli military issued a statement that attempted to implicate Palestinian farmers in burning their own land, claims proven to be false with the release of the new video.
Israeli paper Ha’aretz has confirmed that two differing Israeli security services have verified reports that the identified arsonist is an off-duty soldier. Local Palestinians, however, say they have little faith in any justice, with Israel having a shocking record of prosecuting serving military personnel with crimes against Palestinians, even when fully documented as in this case.
Making inquiries, Ha’aretz found that the Israeli military believed it to be a police matter, while police believed it to be an army matter. The soldier in question has not been arrested.