A former Israeli soldier has sparked controversy after posting pictures of herself on Facebook posing with bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners. The photographs show Eden Abergil positioned provocatively with the men, prompting lurid comments from other users of the popular social networking site.
The pictures, which were uploaded into a folder entitled “Army – the best time of my life,” and associated comments were discovered by bloggers, who circulated them on the internet on Monday. Palestinians have long claimed that they are subject to humiliating and degrading treatment while held in Israeli custody, but Israeli authorities have always rejected such allegations.
The photographs were removed from the website late on Monday. But Ghassan Khatib, the Palestinian Authority spokesman, said that the images typified the treatment meted out to Palestinians by Israeli troops.
“This is an example of life under occupation,” he said. “All aspects of occupation are humiliating. We call on the international organisations, starting with the UN, to work hard to end the occupation, because it is the source of humiliation for Palestinians and a source of corruption for the Israelis.”
Sami Ershied, a lawyer based in Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera that the pictures show illegal activity. “It’s illegal to humiliate prisoners in this way,” he said. “It’s illegal to publish these pictures in public showing this soldier making fun of these prisoners.”