Four Israeli soldiers received 63-day prison sentences after confessing to beating a Palestinian at a checkpoint near Nablus, in the West Bank, Ha'aretz reports. In this case, the victim was able to provide direct evidence of the attack; he used the camera on his mobile phone to photograph the crime. There is no doubt in my mind that the checkpoints save the lives of Israeli citizens under the present circumstances, by preventing terrorist attacks. But as long as there are such checkpoints, and as long as Israel maintains its presence in the West Bank, there will be cases of soldiers brutalizing Palestinian civilians. Even if punishment for criminals such as the perpetrators of this attack were increased ten-fold, and even if officers did their utmost to prevent such crimes from taking place, the current climate of war and occupation inexorably brutalizes Israelis and Palestinians. I think most people would agree that such a reality is intolerable. The problem of course is what a proper solution would require.