A young Israeli woman posted photos from her time in the Israel Defense Forces in which she is seen posing near cuffed and blindfolded Palestinians on her Facebook page.
Eden, an Ashdod resident who was recently discharged from the army, apparently had her pictures taken with the Palestinian detainees in 2008. The photos were posted in an album titled "Army…best time of my life :)"
Eden with blindfolded detainees
The photos quickly caused a stir on the internet with many net surfers shocked by the images. Some of her friends however responded with enthusiasm.
"You're super sexy here," one of her friends wrote her. Eden responded: "Yeah, I know, ha ha, what a day that was, see how he completes my picture, I wonder if he's on Facebook! I have to tag him in the photo! Ha ha."
The IDF Spokesman's Unit said in response: "This is shameless 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."
Director of the Public Committee Against Torture Ishai Menuchin said, "These types of pictures reflect the customary norms of IDF soldiers stationed in the crossings and the treatment given to Palestinian detainees."
Menuchin added, "The soldier's behavior is a product of popular IDF culture which does not consider the Palestinians as human beings with their own rights. It appears the soldier who uploaded the pictures enjoyed humiliating the detainees and disregarded their right not to have their pictures published online in humiliating circumstances, without their knowledge."
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