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Few Israeli soldiers charged in abuse cases
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Khaleej Times online -
5 February 2010§ion=middleeast

Military police carried out 1,805 investigations between 2000 and 2009, and in just 105 instances were charges filed, according to the group Yesh Din (There is a law in Hebrew).

Those 105 in turn saw a total of 161 soldiers charged, most of whom were given light sentences under deals between their lawyers and the prosecution, Yesh Din said.

In all, only four soldiers have been convicted for the killing of four civilians three Palestinians and Briton Tom Hurndall, a pacifist mortally wounded in the Gaza Strip in 2003.

The 1,805 investigations include 36 that were carried out following the devastating Israeli assault on Gaza at the end of 2008 in which more than 1,400 Palestinians died.

Of those, only one resulted in a soldier being jailed for seven and half months for the theft of a credit card.

Lior Yavne, head of research for the organisation, said the numbers show the inability of the armys judicial branch to ensure the protection of Palestinian victims of soldiers.

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