Soldiers fires “rubber” bullet at handcuffed, blindfolded Palestinian, 2008

July 2008

In July 2008 B’Tselem uncovered a video filmed by a young Palestinian woman from the village of Ni’lin. The video depicted a soldier firing a rubber coated metal bullet at a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee from a short range, in the presence of a lt. Colonel. Following a subsequent investigation, the officer, Lt. Col. Omri Borberg, and solider, Staff Sergeant Leonardo Corea, were charged by the Army with “conduct unbecoming”. Following a high court petition against the lenient charge, the soldier was charged with unlawful use of weapons, and the officer with attempted threats. Both were also charged with conduct unbecoming. The two were convicted and in the beginning of 2011. The officer was sentenced to a suspended jail sentence and a halt to promotion for two years. The soldier was sentenced to demotion to the rank of private.