New provocative photos of IDF soldiers on Facebook
LAST UPDATED: 10/25/2010 05:31
Cast Lead pictures posted by "Breaking the Silence" show soldiers spraying grafitti in Palestinian homes, pointing guns at prisoners.
IDF soldier spraying grafitti Photo: Breaking the Silence, Facebook
Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence has posted a new set of photos of soldiers posing in Gazan homes during Operation Cast Lead.
The pictures appeared Sunday on the Facebook social networking site, two months after reserve soldier Eden Abergil made headlines posting similar photos.
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The album, titled “Cast Lead,” features three photos.
The first shows an IDF soldier pointing a gun at a blindfolded man; the second shows a soldier squatting in a kitchen where two women donning hijabs are cooking.
The final photo shows a soldier spraying grafitti: a Magen David and “back soon” in Hebrew.
Facebook users posted extremely negative comments, condemning the
soldiers’ “evil deeds,” and depicting them as “a terrorist at work.”
Breaking the Silence collects testimonies, often anonymous, from
soldiers who recount cases of abuse toward Palestinians. The
organization says its aim is to “portray a different and grim picture of
questionable orders in many areas regarding Palestinian civilians.”
Earlier this week, the organization hung photos on Sderot Rothschild in
Tel Aviv of soldiers “torturing, plundering and destroying property.”
After the Abergil incident, the organization also posted photos of soldiers posing with injured and tied-up Palestinian men.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office responded that “the IDF finds it unfortunate
that Breaking the Silence chooses to continue to present testimony to
the media and not directly to the IDF. As has been done in the past, any
unusual cases are investigated by the Military Police, and given to the
Military Prosecutor’s Office, where they will decide whether to indict
[the soldiers] in a military court.”