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Deputy Attorney General Shai Nitzan said on Thursday that he would order the
police to open a criminal investigation against former soldiers who took photos
of themselves abusing Palestinian prisoners, then posted them on
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In one case the soldiers posted a photo of themselves pointing
their rifles towards a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian prisoner, blurring
out their faces so they couldn’t be recognized. In another, a soldier posted a
video of himself dancing around a similarly subdued Palestinian woman.
response to a request to investigate the alleged abuse – as well as numerous
other similar cases submitted in late 2010 by Yesh Din, and other human rights
activists – Nitzan said that while in most of the cases the alleged offenses did
not justify opening a criminal investigation, in light of the severity of the
specific incidents, an investigation would be opened against the people featured
in the photos.
Nitzan explained that the rest of the photos, while
unbecoming, warranted only disciplinary actions – however, since the soldiers
have since completed their service, such an avenue was no longer possible as the
military laws no longer applied to them.
One of the photos in question
was posted online in August 2008.
Nitzan said that he alerted the
Military Prosecution to look into the practice and do everything in its power to
make sure it wasn’t repeated, using both educational and disciplinary
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Yesh Din’s complaint – as well as similar complaints by other
human rights groups – surfaced days after a national controversy broke out
following the discovery that a discharged soldier, Eden Abergil, had posted on
Facebook a picture of herself posing next to Palestinian detainees.
his Thursday letter, Nitzan said he would not prosecute Abergil because she was
no longer a soldier.
“Although this involves acts that are embarrassingly
ugly, there’s no place to open a criminal investigation for abuse.” The actions
do not meet the standards of criminal behavior, he added.
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