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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked asked Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Wednesday to open a criminal investigation against Breaking the Silence activist Dean Issacharoff.

Shaked told Israeli Army Radio that Issacharoff should be tried for war crimes.

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Two months ago Issacharoff told a Breaking the Silence rally that as a combat soldier in Hebron he beat a disarmed Palestinian Authority Arab who posed no threat.

“[Issacharoff] admitted he committed war crimes by beating Palestinians for no reason while they presented no threat,” Shaked told Army Radio.

“That really leaves us only two options: We are a law-abiding army. If this really happened we must investigate the incident and punish the offenders. If it did not happen, the state must say so clearly, so pro-Israel NGOs will be able to effectively refute the lies.

Breaking the Silence did not respond to requests for comment.

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