Israeli report finds widespread checkpoint abuse


Abuse of Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints is widespread, an internal report found.

Yediot Achronot on Sunday published a study commissioned by Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni, the chief of Israeli forces in the West Bank, which indicated that 25 percent of his soldiers have either harassed Palestinians at checkpoints or heard of comrades who committed such abuses.

Israel maintains hundreds of manned checkpoints and unmanned roadblocks in the West Bank to prevent infiltrations by Palestinian terrorists. Ordinary Palestinians complain that the measures inhibit their freedom of movement and expose them to verbal and sometimes physical assaults by troops.

Military sources said that as a result of the study, soldiers would undergo workshops on the need to behave ethically at checkpoints.



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