Video Shows Israeli Soldier Started Fire In West Bank That Israeli Military Blamed on Palestinians

Chris Menahan
May. 28, 2019

A fire started in the West Bank earlier this month which the Israeli military claimed was "set by Palestinians" was actually set by an Israeli soldier carrying a Tavor assault rifle and another Jewish settler, video has shown.

From the Middle East Monitor, "Settler filmed starting fire in West Bank field is Israeli soldier":
One of the two Jewish settlers recently caught on video starting a fire in the occupied West Bank is an Israeli soldier, it has been revealed.

According to reports in the Israeli media, "the army knows the identity of the settler", and "two security sources confirmed the details, saying that the soldier was on leave when the arson took place".

The military said that "the Israel Police are expected to handle the incident", while "the police said that they have yet to arrest the soldier".

The incident took place on Friday, 17 May, when settlers attacked Palestinians and their properties in three West Bank villages.

While the Israeli military initially blamed Palestinians for starting the fires, the army was forced to change its story after a video clip published by human rights NGO B'Tselem clearly showed settlers lighting fires in fields.

In a separate video taken by local Palestinians that day, settlers are seen throwing rocks at villagers' homes, while Israeli soldiers "can be seen standing among the settlers and doing nothing to stop them".

To date, no one has been arrested for any of these attacks.
No one was ever held accountable for the attacks on the USS Liberty, either.

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