A video has been released that shows an Israeli soldier filing a rubber bullet at close range into the leg of a Palestinian prisoner who is being held by another soldier. [Warning: The video linked below contains disturbing images]. The video was released by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. The victim is reportedly named Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27.
The matter is under investigation, but the man who is seen holding Abu Rahma is purportedly an Israeli army lieutenant colonel. The army issued a statement calling this a grave incident and noting that it appears to violate military rules of conduct. It further noted that the man was released to his home without the need for medical attention.
Once again, this shows the incredible value of videotaping in law enforcement and military situations. Without this video, this would have been treated as just another Palestinian shot in the leg with a rubber bullet.
The video is likely to raise tensions further after a video showed Jewish settlers severely beaten two shepherds near the village of Khirbet Susiya in the southern West Bank.
These bullets tend to be viewed by the public as harmless. However, they can break bones or even kill. Israeli doctors have warned against the use of these bullets for that reason, click here.
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