IDF Soldier To Be Jailed For Eating Non-Kosher Sandwich On IDF Base
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
An American-born IDF lone soldier was sentenced to military jail for eating a non-kosher sandwich on base and sharing other non-kosher sandwiches with fellow soldiers, Israel Radio reported today, Ha’aretz reported.
It is against IDF regulations to bring non-kosher food into any IDF installation.
An Israel Radio reporter asked the IDF Spokesperson's Unit to comment on the unusually harsh sentence.
At that point, the IDF apparently decided to cancel the soldier’s weekend leave in lieu of serving time in military prison – although this is not fully clear at this time, in part because the IDF has no legal obligation to explain itself in a transparent manner.
His parents are living outside the country and the soldier, who returned from the US, aparently in order to do his IDF service, reportedly lives on a kibbutz with his grandmother.
She made him sandwiches, which he took back to his training base. He ate one and offered to share the others with fellow soldiers in commander’s training school.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit claimed the soldier was given a harsh punishment because his conduct – eating and sharing the non-kosher sandwiches – was unbecoming of soldier in his position.