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Soldiers pictured aiming rifle at Palestinian detainee

Nahal soldiers photograph themselves pointing rifles, making offensive gestures at blindfolded Palestinian detainee. Defense counsel: Many soldiers, officers have done the same

Yoav Zitun
Published: 09.12.10, 22:43 / Israel News

Controversial photos taken by Nahal unit soldiers on their cell phones were released Sunday evening. The four soldiers were pictured while directing their rifles at a bound Palestinian detainee in January this year in the Jenin area, and were accused of abuse and dishonorable behavior.


The photos show the soldiers pointing their weapons at the detainee while one soldier even makes offensive gestures at the blindfolded Palestinian.


The soldiers with the Palestinian detainee


Last month, the military prosecutor said during a debate on extending the soldiers' remand, that the decision should take the "moral siege" in which Israel finds itself into account.


"The severity of acts is tested within the context of our reality," he said.


"Many good IDF combat soldiers and officers have been photographed in similar pictures, with terrorists' bodies or the bodies of enemy soldiers," the soldiers' legal representative Att. Eyal Nun said. "Not only has nobody ever protested this, but such pictures have even been included in Israeli victory albums."



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