Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's OK, it was only a Jew

On Sept. 24, Pvt Michael Handman, a 20-year old Army trainee was beaten so badly by a fellow trainee that he was hospitalized. Handman was attacked 4 days after speaking with commanders of his unit about letters he'd written to his parents in which he complained that two drill sergeants had been harassing him for being Jewish.
The Army later acknowledged one drill sergeant had ordered Handman to remove his yarmulke, which he wore with his uniform, as he ate in a dining hall. Another drill sergeant had called him "Juden" — the German word for Jews. USA Today
The Military Police have determined the attack wasn't motivated by religious bigotry so the trainee who beat him will get a nonjudicial punishment which means the attacker's identity, "punishment" and any other information related to the investigation of the attack remains private as this information is protected by federal privacy statutes.

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