Thursday, July 3, 2014, 14:17 Four soldiers in the Netzach Yehuda (Nachal Hareidi) Regiment of the Kfir Brigade were sent to military prison on the morning of Thursday, July 3 after posting photographs on Facebook calling for the elimination of terrorists. They were sentenced by the deputy regiment commander of Nahal Hareidi to 10 days of military prison for the disciplinary violation.
In two of the photographs the soldiers are holding a piece of
paper in front of their faces on which “Bibi let us eliminate the terrorists” is written.
“The military system is attempting to deal with the protest on the Internet in the wrong place and decided to settle a score with the wrong soldiers,” said Honenu attorney Adi Kedar in response to the sentencing. “What the soldiers posted does not include any violations. These are good fighters and exemplary soldiers. We call on the military authorities to immediately cancel the disciplinary procedures against the soldiers and to as soon as possible return them to active duty.”
Director of Honenu, Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad said in response, “The State of Israel sends her soldiers to the front, but does not understand or does not want to understand their situation, and therefore judges them, punishes them and does not support them. The conduct of the State is obsequious and for the purpose of looking good in the eyes of foreign powers hostile to Israel’s interests, some of whom are genuinely antisemitic, all at the expense of Israeli soldiers. This situation presents a clear and present danger, weakens our steadfastness in the face of our adversaries, and must be changed immediately ”
During the several days which have passed since the bodies of the murdered kidnapped youth were discovered on June 30, hundreds of soldiers have posted similar photographs on Facebook, with calls for eliminating terror. Many of them have expressed criticism of the IDF command for restricting the army’s response.
Recently the Head of Investigations and Intelligence, Commander Manny Yitzhaki decided that an investigation would be conducted by the National Cyber Crimes Unit of the Lahav 433 Major Crimes Unit of the Israeli Police into incitement in the social media.