Israeli ex-soldier defends her actions
Eden Abergil, the former Israel Defence Forces soldier who caused a worldwide stir by posting pictures of herself posing next to blindfolded Palestinian, has defended her action by saying "in war there are no rules".
Jerusalem: Showing no signs of remorse, Eden
Abergil, the former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldier who
caused a worldwide stir by posting pictures of herself posing
next to blindfolded Palestinian, has defended her action by
saying "in war there are no rules".
Abergil has received thousands of messages on the social
networking site Facebook, where she had posted the photos
dubbed `IDF the best time of my life`, some of them
sympathetic and others chastising to which she has been
A participant in the debate commented on one of the
photos saying,"Because of such a simple and innocent picture
they ruined this girl`s life and made of her something she is
Abergil responded to the comment, making it clear to the
surfer that she`s not taking the issue too seriously.
"No honey, they didn`t ruin my life. I can`t afford to
have Arab-lovers ruin the perfect life I`m leading!!! I am not
sorry and I do not regret it."
Another surfer, Shai, responded to Abergil and claimed
that she failed to grasp the meaning and implication of her
"It`s called humanism," he wrote, prompting Abergil to
respond: "I`m not humane towards murderers."
"In war there are no rules," she wrote.
She later adopted an even harsher tone declaring, "I hate
Arabs and wish them all the worst. I would gladly kill them
all and even butcher them; one cannot forget their actions."
Referring to the possibility that the images could injure
Israel`s image in the international arena, Abergil said, "We
will always be attacked. Whatever we do, we will always be
IDF described the former soldier`s behaviour "shameful"
which brings to disrepute the country and the army, but amid
criticisms a virtual support group has also been established
calling itself `We are all with Eden Abergil`, and currently
numbering 600 people.
The members have demanded that other soldiers post
pictures similar to the ones uploaded by Abergil.
The former soldier has also approved hundreds of new
Facebook friend requests that have been pouring in since the
story broke causing a storm worldwide.
"These terrible photographs reflect a norm in the way
Palestinians are viewed, as an object and not as humans. It is
an attitude that ignores their feelings as humans and their
individual rights," the head of the Public Committee against
Torture, Ishai Menuchin, said in response to the photos.