Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner was filmed striking a Danish activist in the face with his M-16 weapon on Saturday during a pro-Palestine bicycle rally in the Jordan Valley. Eisner argued that he was provoked into attacking the international solidarity activist, but new footage released by B’Tselem reveals that Eisner attacked five different individuals, none of whom threatened Eisner or provoked the brutal force used on them.
In statements made after the original clip went viral, Eisner regretted beating the activist in front of cameras. He also claimed that the Danish activist, identified as Andreas Ias, had been hostile towards the senior officer and had physically provoked the attack.
But footage just released by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem shows that no such physical provocation occurred before Eisner attacked Ias and other activists.
Eisner was dismissed from his post following the incident.