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Are IDF soldiers who took pictures with a handcuffed Palestinian paying the
price for Israel’s failure to properly deal with the Goldstone Report and the
Turkish flotilla? The answer is yes according to Shlomo Tzipori, attorney for a
soldier from the Kfir Brigade’s Netzah Yehuda battalion who, together with two
other soldiers, has been arrested for allegedly taking a picture next to a
Palestinian they arrested earlier this year.
On Thursday, the IDF
Prosecutor’s Office informed the Military Court in Jaffa that it planned to file
charges against the soldiers for posing for pictures with a Palestinian they
arrested during an operation in the Jenin area in January. The three soldiers,
according to Tzipori, took the pictures since they were excited about succeeding
– on their first raid in Jenin – in capturing the wanted man.
“It is not
right to take pictures next to a Palestinian with handcuffs, but these soldiers
do not need to be hung out to dry,” Tzipori said.
The attorney’s comments
were made in response to an earlier court hearing where the IDF prosecutor
claimed that the incident needed to be examined in light of the “moral siege”
Israel was under following Operation Cast Lead last year and the results of the
Navy’s raid in May on the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship.
prosecutor said at the hearing that the “importance of the case and the arrest
is in the context which we live in. After the Goldstone report and the [Mavi]
Marmara, in a period when we as a military and a state are under a so-called
moral siege, we as a military are being examined under a magnifying glass. The
severity of the actions is beyond the specific incident.”
taken by the soldiers came out just days after pictures of a former female
soldier Eden Abergil were found on Facebook showing her posing with bound and
blindfolded Palestinian detainees. The two cases are not connected and the IDF
cannot press charges against Abergil since she is no longer in IDF
Tzipori said that at Thursday’s hearing, the IDF prosecutor
presented the written testimony of the Palestinian arrested eight months ago by
the soldiers. The Palestinian claimed that he was not hurt or threatened by the
soldiers and that what did hurt him was being arrested in front of his family
“These soldiers are paying the price for the Goldstone
Report and the Mavi Marmara,” Tzipori said. “By indicting the soldiers and
handcuffing them, the IDF is the one causing the real damage here.”