Israel media publish new Facebook soldier-prisoner shots

Israeli media carried new pictures on Wednesday of troops posing with handcuffed Palestinian prisoners, two days after a former soldier caused uproar for posting such images on Facebook.

Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 23:54 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israeli media carried new
pictures on Wednesday of troops posing with handcuffed Palestinian
prisoners, two days after a former soldier caused uproar for
posting such images on Facebook.

"It has become the norm for soldiers to take such
pictures," not the exception, Yehuda Shaul, of the rights
group Breaking the Silence which initially distributed the
controversial pictures, told AFP.
On Monday Israeli public television broadcast pictures of
ex-soldier Eden Abargil, which she had posted on the social
networking site Facebook, posing smirking next to three
blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian soldiers.

The army denounced the photographs as "shameful," while
the Palestinian Authority expressed outrage, describing them
as humiliating.

One of the latest pictures, also posted on Facebook,
shows a group of soldiers surrounding a young, kneeling female
prisoner, while another shows a soldier posing next to a
wounded Palestinian.

A third shows a soldier posing next to a blindfolded and
cuffed prisoner.

"It is amazing that these pictures shocked people in
Israel itself, where many worse things happen" during the
arrest and interrogation of prisoners, said Shaul.
For years his organisation has been collecting testimony
from soldiers who have served in the Israeli-occupied
Palestinian territories, as part of its anti-occupation
campaign.

Eden Abargil told local media she could not understand
why her posting the pictures in a Facebook album called "The
army -- the best time of my life" was denounced by the
military.

Israeli military spokesman Captain Barak Raz called the
images "repulsive photos, shameful photos, photos that the IDF
(Israel Defence Force) strongly condemns."

PTI