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Brutal Israeli military hazing attack ruptures the spleen of Kfir brigade newcomer who dared touch the senior stick

Add Israelto the long list of nations with brutal hazing incidents reported over the years.  Canada, Russia, Philippines, United States, Germany, former East Germany….On and on. Moderator    Excerpt: Ten combat soldiers suspected of beating and injuring a comrade were charged with aggravated assault and conduct unbecoming on Thursday.

The victim, a rookie soldier, was attacked for daring to touch the “seniority stick” – a bar with special markings which indicate the seniority of combatants who are soon to be discharged.


According to the indictment, one of the defendants threatened the victim days prior to the attack. “I love you, but you’ll pay for this,” the defendant was quoted as telling the victim after the latter made the so-called misstep……The rookie managed to get up and reach his room, but failed to climb up to his top bunk. The following morning, when he got up to report for patrol duty, he fell unconscious. He was taken to the Haemek Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with a ruptured spleen.






By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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