Sunday 25 February 2018

Ex-soldier provokes outrage with Facebook snaps

Mark Weiss in Jerusalem

AN Israeli soldier has provoked outrage by posting pictures on Facebook of her posing in front of blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian prisoners under the title: "The army: the best years of my life".

The pictures, which have since been removed, show Eden Abergil in front of Palestinian detainees, including one elderly man, who were captured while trying to enter Israel from Gaza.

Friends who commented on Miss Abergil's page on the site joked that she looked "super sexy".

She replied: "Ha ha, what a day that was, see how he completes my picture. I have to tag him in the photo!"

Her behaviour was condemned by the Israeli military as "shameful, base and crude".

Miss Abergil completed her mandatory military service last year and has since left the army, meaning it cannot take disciplinary action. However, army officials said she will not be called up for reserve duty.

Palestinian officials and Israeli human rights groups also criticised Miss Abergil.

Speaking yesterday, Miss Abergil claimed that the affair had been blown out of proportion and said the images were not meant to degrade Palestinians.

"I'm very disappointed with the Israel Defence Forces," she said.

"I risked my life, got injured, I was a model soldier, and now I wish I never served in this army."

Miss Abergil said she had received death threats since attention was drawn to the pictures, which she said were taken in 2008.

Jawad Amawi, the director of legal affairs for the Palestinian Authority's prisoners ministry, threatened to take legal action. "This is a breach of international law, clearly a breach of human rights," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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