Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Israeli officer's Facebook photographs of bound and blindfolded Palestinians sparks outrage

A screenshot of a former Israeli soldier Eden Abergil's Facebook page
A screenshot of a former Israeli soldier Eden Abergil's Facebook page
A screenshot of a former Israeli soldier Eden Abergil's Facebook page
Facebook photo: Eden Abergil

A former Israeli officer has sparked controversy after posing for photos with bound and blindfolded Palestinians and then posting the images on social networking website Facebook.

The former conscript is seen smiling and posing next to the Palestinian men at an undisclosed location in the West Bank.

Former IDF soldier, Eden Abergil, who was relieved of her duties a year ago, posted the pictures under the album name "IDF -- the best time of my life," the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on Monday.

One of Abergil's Facebook friends wrote under one of the photos, “You look so sexy like that,” according to The New York Times.

"I wonder if he is on Facebook too — I'll have to tag him in the photo," Abergil wrote in response.

Ha'aretz reported that Israeli blogger Lisa Goldman contacted the former soldier via Facebook for comment. Abergil told her: "I don't speak to leftists."

After the photos became public the Israeli military said: "These actions are ugly and callous; details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command.

“This was shameful behavior by the soldier. In light of the fact that she was discharged last year, all of the details have been turned over to the commanders for further attention.”

The Palestinian Government Media Center said: "This shows the mentality of the occupier, to be proud of humiliating Palestinians ... It should end, and Palestinian rights and dignity be respected."

All Israeli citizens aged 18 and over must complete an 18-months of military service. Only married, pregnant, religious, or disabled women are exempt.

Around 7,000 Palestinians, including women and children, are currently held in Israeli detention facilities.

Extract from the Facebook posts

Friend1: “You look so sexy like that”

Eden Abergil: “Yeah I know .... what a day it was...look how he completes my picture, I wonder if he’s got Facebook! I'll have to tag him in the picture! lol”

Friend2: “LOL you psycho I wonder who’s the photographer”

Friend2: “...He’s got a ****-** for you lol for sure!”

Eden Abergil: Lol no honey he’s got a ****-** for you this is why you took that picture lol you took my picture!!!!”

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