[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:
The following are examples of IAF punishments:
- getting caught drinking on base while on call - 7 days in jail
- a soldier who beat up another soldier - 14 days in jail
- running away from base for two months - 21 days in jail
- yawning at Rabin memorial service - 21 days in jail - reduced to 10 days
after considerable media coverage and the intervention of the head of the
IAF and thanks, in part, that the family is apparently left wing and thus it
was clearly not a political statement]
Soldier jailed for yawning during Rabin ceremony given pardon, early release
By Fadi Eyadat, Haaretz Correspondent Last update - 05:32 24/11/2008
An Israel Defense Forces soldier who was jailed for yawning at a memorial
ceremony for slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was pardoned by Israel Air
Force commander Ido Nehoshtan over the weekend and released after spending
10 days in jail. He is expected to return to his base today.
Sgt. Almog Amran's commanders shortened his 21-day jail term after he
submitted a pardon request.
Amran was sentenced on charges of showing contempt for the memorial ceremony
after base commander Col. Ilan Bodinger caught him yawning during his speech
at the Ramat David air force base and stopped speaking for several seconds.
Amran, an aircraft technician who was sitting in the fourth row, said his
yawn was not meant insultingly or maliciously.
"The commanders realized that my son didn't have any malicious intent, and
the base commander played a decisive role in his release, and I appreciate
that," said Amran's mother, Tali, who spoke with Bodinger before the
commanders agreed to free her son.
She said her son thinks the jail term was an excessive response to a yawn,
adding that the other prisoners knew exactly what he was in for.
"They all knew who he was and why he was jailed, and laughed about it," said
Tali Amran. "But it still bothers Almog that this thing stuck to him. He
feels he was done an injustice and that the imprisonment was unnecessary."