Wednesday, August 18, 2010

IDF soldier posts images of blindfold Palestinians on Facebook, from ‘best time of my life’

uruknet.info, August 16, 2010

By Haaretz Service


Female soldier smiles for camera in front of bound prisoners, before joking online with friends; army calls photos ‘ugly and callous’.

A former Israel Defense Forces soldier has raised a storm on the internet after posting photographs of herself posing next to blindfold Palestinian prisoners on Facebook.

Photographs uploaded by Eden from Ashdod and labeled “IDF – the best time of my life” show her smiling next to Palestinian prisoners with their hands bound and their eyes covered.

“That looks really sexy for you,” says a comment posted by one of Eden’s friend on the social networking site, alongside a picture or the soldier smiling in front of two blindfold men.

Eden’s repose, posted below, reads: “I wonder if he is on Facebook too – I’ll have to tag him in the photo.”

Because Eden was discharged a year ago, the army has no power to prevent her from publicizing the photographs.

The pictures have since been removed from the site – but not before being duplicated across the web by a variety of bloggers and news sites.

The IDF said in a statement: “These actions are ugly and callous; details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command.”

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