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Israel officer reassigned after striking activist

Saturday - 5/5/2012, 2:35pm  ET

By DIAA HADID
Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli military official says an officer who was punished for hitting a pro-Palestinian activist last month has been reassigned to a training school.

The official said Saturday that Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner is being investigated by military police and can still face further punishment.

He spoke on condition of anonymity due to military protocol.

The Israeli military did not have information on his reassignment.

The military dismissed Eisner from his post as a deputy division commander after footage of him striking a pro-Palestinian activist made headlines.

The military punished him by canceling his scheduled command position at the officers academy. He was also banned from command posts for two years.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Israeli military official says an officer who was punished for hitting a pro-Palestinian activist last month has been reassigned to a training school.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to military protocol, the official said Saturday that Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner is being investigated by military police and can still face further punishment.

A military spokesman did not have information on his reassignment.

The military dismissed Eisner from his post as a deputy division commander after footage of him striking a pro-Palestinian activist made headlines.

The military punished him by canceling his scheduled command position at the officers academy. He was also banned from command posts for two years.

Eisner's new job contrasts that ban.


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