IDF Officer Sentenced for Striking Activist

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IDF Lieutenant Colonel Shalom Eisner (R), seen at military court on Thursday. (Roni Schutzer/FLASH90)
IDF Lieutenant Colonel Shalom Eisner (R), seen at military court on Thursday. (Roni Schutzer/FLASH90)

The IDF officer who struck a Danish activist while defending himself from attack last year was sentenced to two months community service on Thursday, after which he will be discharged from the army, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner, then deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade, was set upon by the activists as he was dispersing an unauthorized protest demonstration which was blocking a road in the Jordan Valley in April 2012.

Eisner was caught on video slamming his M-16 into a Danish activist’s face, which caused an international uproar. Only later, did the full video become known, which showed him being assaulted. He suffered a hand injury and appeared in court afterwards wearing a cast.

The sentence came as part of a plea deal that Eisner reached with the Military Advocate General in September.

Eisner maintained that his conduct was warranted but that he chose to “swallow” the plea bargain despite the fact that he would “pay a public price for it,” Israeli media reported.