It took too long, but thanks to this blog and Yossi Gurvitz exposing Avi Yakobov, the IDF abuser in the YouTube video, Yediot Achronot has finally publicly named him and his role.
Several oddball things about the report worth noting which reflect on Yakobov’s and the IDF’s true brutishness. When Yediot’s reporter appeared at Yakobov’s home asking to interview him, the latter had a friend over apparently for personal protection. The friend lifted his shirt to reveal a pistol in his waist, GoodFellas-style. I guess Yakobov and his “friend” thought they were players in a Marty Scorcese movie, Israel-style.
This cinematic scene also brought to mind that brilliant Jimmy Cliff song from the film, The Harder They Come:
Runnin’ down de road with a pistol in yer waist, Johnny yer too bad…
Too bad, indeed.
The IDF, feeble fellas that they are responded to a query from the reporter by saying that the incidents in which Yakobov participated happened two years ago and since he is no longer in the IDF they’ve been reported to the Israeli police. A nice way to wash their hands of the entire matter. The act of abuse happened while Yakobov wore an IDF uniform, therefore passing the case off to the police is entirely inappropriate and indicates yet again the culture of impunity regarding human rights; with the difference that usually a public embarrassment like a YouTube video or Goldstone Report has brought forth some substantive accountability from the IDF–not this time though apparently.
I was disappointed that neither Yediot nor Gurvitz thought it appropriate to credit this blog with being the original source reporting this story.