Police to probe tape showing footage of Nazi troops beating prisoners, officers handling settlers and rightists.
The editors and promoters of the YouTube video comparing Israeli police officer to Nazi soldiers will be investigated
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino has instructed the head of police intelligence and investigations Commander Yoav Segelovitch to determine whether a video clip uploaded to the internet in which Israeli police officers are compared to Nazi soldiers violates Israeli laws.
The police intend to persue a criminal investigation against those responsible for editing the video clip, as well as those who took part in distributing the clip, which was uploaded a year ago, though only came to the attention of the police recently.
The video shows footage taped at a number of right-wing protests - In the video, Israeli officers removing Jewish settlers from Gush Katif in Gaza and Amona in the West Bank are juxtaposed intermittently with images of Nazis soldiers during the Holocaust.
Settlers placed caravans in Amona in 1995, and received demolition orders for these structures in 1997, 2003 and 2004. Security forces in 2006 razed the structures that had been built there, facing strong opposition from the settler movement. IDF forces evacuated the Gush Katif settlements of Gaza in 2005.
Though the clip is dated from a few months ago, police were notified only Sunday. The reason for this may have been a recent shooting targeting a police officer in Nahariya, which rekindled public awareness on the personal security of officers.
A rights group focusing on officer welfare sent a letter to Danino urging him to denounce the tape and launch an investigation.
"There is no doubt that the comparison, as well as the descriptions in the video, are very serious and raise strong doubts as to the lack of protection for police officers in Israel from extremists who watch the footage," Moshe Alon, who represents the rights group, wrote to Danino.
"The writing is on the wall. Police officers in Israel are not fair game and this issue must be handled seriously."
Commissioner Danino added that he scornfully condemns the video. "This is a challenge to the legitimacy and activity of Israeli police officers," said Danino. The commissioner referred the task to the international relations division, and asked Segelovitch to "apply the full weight of the law" on those responsible for the video.
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