Israeli soldiers very rarely face prosecution and conviction for crimes against the Palestinians.
The Israeli military says it has filed a “severe indictment” against two soldiers who threw homemade explosives at a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for the kidnapping of a teenager’s body. Israel last month.
Palestinian militants have seized the body of an Israeli high school student Druze from a hospital in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin, where he was taken after a car crash. The body was later returned. The Druze are an Arab religious minority in Israel whose members are conscripted into the armed forces.
The military said on Thursday: “The defendants and an additional soldier assembled an improvised explosive and threw it into a crowded house. “The act was carried out with the intention of setting fire to the house as a form of revenge for the kidnapping of the body of an Israeli youth in Jenin.”
According to locals, no one in the house was injured.
The military said the third soldier will also be prosecuted in the coming days.
The trial and conviction of Israeli soldiers for crimes against the Palestinians is a rare occurrence as Israeli soldiers very rarely face prosecution.
On the opposite side, nearly all Palestinian cases and trials are in Israeli military courts – 99.74 percent – ending in a belief.
Violence has been on the rise in the West Bank since March, with the United Nations deeming 2022 as deadliest year for Palestinians in the territory since 2006.
Israel has stepped up its long-running military offensives in the West Bank, leading to dozens of murders and hundreds of arrests, following a series of attacks by Palestinians.
Israel also regularly retains the bodies of Palestinians who die in Israeli prisons, with the intention of using them as bargaining chips in negotiations with armed groups. Palestinian organization Demonstration earlier this week in the West Coast calling for the return of the bodies of loved ones.