BBC News (July 20, 2008)
The video is blurred when the gun fires, but the Palestinian man says a rubber bullet hit his left big toe and he was treated by an army medic.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) called the incident "grave" and in "direct contradiction" of the army's values.
The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said the incident occurred on 7 July in the West Bank.
B'Tselem said the video clip showed a soldier firing a rubber-coated steel bullet, from close range, at a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee.
It said the shooting took place in the presence of a lieutenant colonel, who was holding the Palestinian man's arm when the shot was fired.
A 14-year-old girl reportedly filmed the incident from the window of her home in the town of Nilin, which has been the scene of violent protests against Israel's West Bank barrier.
I closed my eyes and I don't remember anything. It felt like my leg was gone
Ashraf Abu Rahman
The Palestinian, Ashraf Abu Rahman, was quoted by local media as saying: "During the demonstration the soldiers caught me, arrested me - and after a few moments I heard shots and felt a fire in my body. I was afraid and didn't know what it was."
"I closed my eyes and I don't remember anything. It felt like my leg was gone," the 27-year-old said.
In a statement quoted by the [right wing Israeli newspaper] The Jerusalem Post, the IDF said: "Military law forbids inflicting harm on detainees and obligates soldiers to show them respect and ensure their safety."
The IDF said that, in accordance with its policy, the footage had been reviewed by a senior official, and an investigation was under way.
The Israeli government says the West Bank barrier is a security measure to stop suicide bombers, but critics say the structure is a calculated effort to annex occupied land.
Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 war. It has settled hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the West Bank and keeps a large military presence there.Update:
Israel's defence minister has condemned an incident caught on film in which a soldier seems to shoot a rubber bullet at a bound and blindfolded Palestinian.
BBC News (July 21, 2008)
[Israeli defense minister] Ehud Barak said the case was "grave and wrong" and that the military would exact the full extent of the law.
Footage released by [Israeli] human rights group B'Tselem on Sunday shows the detainee being held by one soldier as another fires at his legs at close range.
The Palestinian man has said the rubber bullet hit his left big toe.
A 14-year-old girl reportedly filmed the incident on 7 July from the window of her home in the town of Nilin, which has been the scene of violent protests against the West Bank barrier.
Immediately afterwards, an inquiry was conducted by the brigade commander responsible, but no action was taken, reports say.
However, after examining the footage on Sunday, the Israeli military advocate general ordered military police to open an investigation.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) also issued a statement calling the incident "grave" and in "direct contradiction" of its values.
In televised remarks to Labour Party MPs on Monday, Mr. Barak promised that those involved would be held to account.
"[The] incident was a grave and wrong one and is not indicative of the IDF's norms. The military will exact the full extent of the law in this case," he said. "Warriors do not behave like this."
Earlier, military spokeswoman Major Avital Leibovitz said questions remained "about the edited parts" of the video, referring to a moment shortly after the weapon is fired, when the camera moves away briefly before showing the Palestinian detainee lying on the ground.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, Sarit Michaeli, said the girl had accidentally stopped filming when she was startled by the gunshot and continued as soon as she became aware she had pressed the stop button.
The group also said the footage appeared to contradict a statement by the soldier's commander, who was present at the scene.
The Israeli military originally said that the lieutenant colonel had been unaware of the incident and that the door of his patrol vehicle had blocked his line of sight.However, the footage appears to show him holding the Palestinian detainee's arm when the shot is fired. The Jerusalem Post also reports that the commander told the soldier: "Shoot him, shoot him."