Makor Rishon correspondent Hodaya Karish-Hazony, reports today that “Mem”, the soldier who killed the terrorist yesterday in Jerusalem, had been severely beaten by police during an anti-disengagement protest that took place May 2005.
“Mem”, who at the time was 17, was beaten unconscious by police as he photographed — from the sidewalk — a protest in Ramat Gan during which the road was blocked.
Karish-Hazony suggests that police decided to beat him unconscious even though he was standing on the sidewalk and not involved in blocking the road in an attempt to stop him from documenting the event.
“Mem” was detained and released several days later and his file was closed for “lack of evidence” – a move that left a police record that made it necessary for him to have to fight the IDF in order to be drafted into an elite unit.
Yediot Ahronot reports that it took “Mem” two years of arguing with the IDF before he was ultimately drafted into an elite unit.
Dr. Aaron Lerner is editor of IMRA.