Jewish soldier beaten after discrimination report

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Army officials at Fort Benning are investigating the beating of a Jewish soldier in basic training who was attacked days after he complained of religious discrimination.

Pvt. Michael Handman of Atlanta says another soldier repeatedly punched him in the head and knocked him unconscious in an unprovoked attack Sept. 24. The 20-year-old soldier was treated for
a concussion and released to resume his training.

Handman had written to his parents before the attack that drill sergeants were discriminating against him because he's Jewish. He
said one sergeant used an anti-Semitic slur and another ordered him
to remove his skullcap in a dining hall.

Fort Benning spokeswoman Monica Manganaro said Friday an Army private is being held on suspicion of attacking Handman, but he has not been charged. She said investigators do not believe the attack was linked to religious prejudice.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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