The IDF said it is looking into the possibility of pressing charges against soldiers over the death of Omar Abdalmajeed As’ad.
Maj.-Gen. Yehuda Fuchs speaks during his swearing in ceremony held at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem on August 11, 2021
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An Israeli general said on Wednesday it would be foolish to speculate on whether troops might be prosecuted over the death of an elderly Palestinian-American they detained, a case in which Washington has called for “full accountability.”
After reprimanding a battalion commander and dismissing two officers involved in the January 12 death of Omar Abdalmajeed As’ad, 78, the IDF said its police were looking into the possibility of pressing charges too.
When and if that might happen remains unclear.
A spokesman for the Israeli military said the investigation continues while the chief of its forces in the West Bank, where the death occurred, declined to speculate on the outcome.
“It would be so stupid of me to try to assume or guess,” Maj.-Gen. Yehuda Fuchs told reporters, adding that he was – per procedure – not privy to that probe.