Israeli soldier suspended over assault


Israel's army said today it has removed a senior officer from his post after he was caught on film striking a Danish pro-Palestinian activist in the face with a rifle.

A video broadcast across the internet and on television stations showed Lt-Col Shalom Eisner, a deputy brigade commander in the occupied West Bank, hitting the Andreas Ias (20) with an M-16 rifle during a protest on Saturday.

Mr Ias, who was treated in a Palestinian hospital, claimed the attack was unprovoked.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders quickly condemned the incident which took place during a rally against Israeli roadblocks in the territory.

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