JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says it has dismissed an officer from his duties after soldiers were caught on camera assaulting a pair of Agence France-Presse journalists in the West Bank.
The army said Thursday the officer "conducted himself in a manor unbecoming" of an Israeli officer. It said the officer's future in the military will be determined following further examination but the he would be "removed immediately from his command position."
The Foreign Press Association, which represents journalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories for international news organizations, has said the AFP photographer and cameraman were beaten by Israeli troops in an unprovoked attack last month. The soldiers smashed a video camera and a still camera.
The army has a long history of ignoring complaints of alleged violence against journalists.