Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Israeli Military Rabbinate officer caught surfing porn sites

Another backlog item, as reported by Yoav Zitun of Ynet News, October 9, 2012:

The IDF's Military Advocate General Corps is deliberating which measures to take against an officer from the Military Rabbinate, who was caught visiting porn websites several times recently.

Ynet has learned that the officer is suspected of surfing the sites at his base from the personal computer of one of his subordinates, without that junior officer's permission or knowledge.

The incident was revealed following a complaint filed about two weeks ago by the junior officer, Lieutenant N., against his commander who serves in a more senior role in the Military Rabbinate. The complaint was submitted to IDF Ombudsman Brigadier-General (Res.) Yitzhak Brik.

The complaint is also directed at Military Rabbinate officials, including Chief Military Rabbi Brigadier-General Rafi Peretz and head of the Military Rabbinate Corps Colonel Uri Horowitz, as the junior officer claimed that Military Rabbinate officials demanded that he leave the corps following the embarrassing incident.

According to the complaint, the senior officer, who holds the rank of major, violated IDF orders which ban soldiers from visiting porn sites or watching pornographic movies.

The Military Advocate General Corps must now decide whether to handle the case on the criminal, disciplinary or command level.

The junior officer says he has unequivocal proof that his commander watched the films at their office in the base.

The IDF Ombudsman's Office said in response, "A complaint on the matter has been submitted to IDF Ombudsman Brigadier-General (Res.) Yitzhak Brik. The suspected offense mentioned in the complaint is not within the ombudsman's authority and it will therefore be passed on to the Military Advocate General Corps."

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