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IDF female soldier which cuased Global media storm: " People blew it way out of proportion"

Former IDF soldier's pictures, depicting her smiling next to Palestinian prisoners with their hands bound and their eyes covered, caused a global media storm.
Arab world expressed outrage at the publication of the controversial Facebook photos.
'I actually took care of the detainees' says Eden Abergil, the ex-soldier who caused worldwide stir. "we always treated the Palestinians well,We ne More..ver cursed, spat on or touched them. The few photos I put on Facebook are innocent and part of my military experience. People blew it way out of proportion."

Published: 08.17.10

Eden, the ex-soldier from Ashdod who posted photos from her time in the IDF posing next to cuffed Palestinian detainees on her Facebook page is shocked by the backlash the incident prompted.
"I received death threats from all over the world on Facebook," she told Ynet. "I'm sorry if anyone got offended, I actually took care of the detainees. The IDF has let me down profoundly. I wish I never served in such an army."

The photos were taken in the Gaza Strip where Eden was stationed during her IDF service. They caused a stir around the world and were reported on by CNN, Sky News as well as British newspapers such as the Guardian.
"It's unbelievable that so many people are talking about me," she said. "I find it astounding that there are so many people who want peace and I'm the one ruining it for them. I got loads of death threats, I'm not scared, I know I didn't do anything wrong."

The IDF Spokesman's Unit issued a statement in response to the incident describing the ex-soldier's behavior as shameful. Eden claimed that she was told by the IDF she will not be called for reserve duty and will be stripped of her ranks. "I'm very disappointed with the IDF, the army is ungrateful. I risked my life, got injured, I was a model soldier, and now I wish I never served in this army."


On Monday, the IDF spokesman issued its response to the photographs, saying that "on the face of it the behavior exhibited by the soldier is base and crude."


Eden explained the IDF's response by saying that "the army is making the soldiers look bad and the country look great so that Obama won't get pissed off. As far as I'm concerned we're not even an independent state, people are afraid of just pictures. I'm sorry this is the way my country is."

The ex-soldier, who had her picture taken while posing near cuffed and blindfolded detainees said that "we always treated the Palestinians well, we always provided them with food and drink and would laugh with them. We never cursed, spat on or touched them. The few photos I put on Facebook are part of my military experience, it was innocent. People blew it way out of proportion. I have respect for all human beings."

"I still don't understand what's wrong," Eden Abergil told Army Radio on Thursday, saying that the "pictures were taken in good will, there was no statement in them."

The former IDF soldier said the pictures, which she said were of Gazans who had been arrested while attempting to crossover into Israel, were meant to depict a "military experience," and were not intended to injure the detainees.

During the Army Radio interview, Abergil repeatedly said that it had never occurred to her that "the picture would be problematic," asking interviewer Ilana Dayan whether the media asked for detainees permission when they film them.

Referring to the possibility that the images could injure Israel's image in the international arena, Abergil said: "We will always be attacked. Whatever we do, we will always be attacked."

Jawad Amawi, director of legal affairs for the Palestinian Authority's prisoners ministry threatened to take legal action against the ex-soldier and said: "She did this act while she was in military service, so in retrospect the Israeli occupation is responsible for her acts. This is a breach of international law, clearly a breach of human rights."



Arab media outlets expressed outrage Tuesday over at the publication of controversial Facebook photos showing an IDF female soldier posing next to cuffed and blindfolded Palestinians.

Al-Jazeera said the soldier, Eden Abergil, "intentionally degraded the detainees on Facebook," while the Syrian press condemned "the sadist culture of the occupation army."

A Palestinian lawyer from east Jerusalem told Al-Arabiya network that he planned to appeal to human rights organizations abroad and demand an international investigation into the photos.



"I wonder how it is that the soldier's Facebook page was open for a month on a social networking site boasting 500 million users, yet the Israeli army never knew about it," he said, asking to remain anonymous.



The Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel also said it would demand a probe.



"The pictures are disgusting," said one of the center's attorneys, Hanin Noema. "These pictures are immoral, inhuman, and illegal. The Israeli army is a type of school for soldiers of this sort."




Many Arab press agencies also quoted the Palestinian Authority's response to the photos.



"These are degrading pictures highlight the mentality of the occupation, which boasts about belittling Palestinians," President Mahmoud Abbas' government was quoted as saying.




Syrian websites also carried the photos, under the heading: "An expression of the sadist culture of the occupation army: An Israeli soldier takes pleasure in the torture of Palestinians on Facebook."



The Lebanese As-Safir reported, "The derision and oppression of Palestinians has become new show-off material by occupation soldiers social networking sites."


The IDF Spokesperson's Office said the army would punish any soldier who behaves inappropriately towards detainees and suspects.


"Aside from the punishment, the soldiers and commanders are educated daily, through training and orders, on the difference between what is permitted and what is not, and between what fits with IDF standards and what doesn't," the army said in a statement.



"Most of these incidents are investigated as a result of commanders' awareness and not because of surprise inspections or outside information."




http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3938504,00.html

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3938049,00.html


http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/i-don-t-see-anything-wrong-with-facebook-images-of-palestinian-detainees-1.308537


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Added: Aug-17-2010 
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  • To the mods - im sorry, but this is not a repost.
    its an update which gives the worldwide and arab world responses to the facebook palestinians images and what the soldier herself has to say about it.

    ill be gratefull if this item could be published in the middle east section and the previous post which was published in the "other" section as a repost will be removed.

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  • the horror

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  • Admittedly this is ridicolous, all the main papers in the UK have reported this complete non-story, hardly Abu Ghraib.

    Guess its all part of the global media turn-around on Israel.

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    • Yeah... The reality is that those detained people will be treated better than any random Jew would in any Islamic country ever.

      The problem is that the left (your media and mine) needs to divide the world in to victims and oppressors. To get the support, and the votes, of everybody they deem to be oppressed. This is the foundation of their entire philosophy, and it dictates every decision they make. It overrules every other aspect of their ideology, literally. The left is what? Pro gay, pro fre More..

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    • it may also have something to do with the arab ownership of the major propaganda services. oil money talks

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    • Yeah, you're probably aware I have different view to you on Israel.
      However I can see what's happenning here, and it is princes and goblins.
      I remember realising this in on Kosovo, A whole country was ripped up and a new one formed, just because Tony Blair, Albright with a supportive media thought the Serbs were the baddies and (the newly invented term) Kosovars were really, really nice folk.
      No thought of history whatsoever, like children.

      I actually think the IDF are RELATIVELY restrained in More..

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    • It's insanity, these ultra sensitive arabs don't give a damn about the 9/11 victims, build a damn mosque right over their bones and spit in the face of all Americans, but innocuous pics are an outrage. These loud mouthed children need to shut up and take a little in return for all they're being given. No shortage of mosques in the west, how about churches or synagogues in egypt, saudi arabia, pakistan etc. raped any christian girls lately muslims?

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    • "Guess its all part of the global media turn-around on Israel."


      This is what we barbarians in America would refer to as "cock-eyed optimism".

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  • Chicks ALWAYS smile for the camera, no matter what they're doing.
    It's just what they do.

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  • What's funny is that the people who would love to see her thrown in prison for life for her little smirk, are the same people who have nothing but rationalizations and excuses to offer when it's a Jew being decapitated on video.

    None of the outrage is genuine. They're just little children who can't get attention unless they're loud and outraged and demanding until you give up trying to ignore them.

    Imagine a 5 year old holding their breath and stamping their feet in the store with the wimpy in More..

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  • It's normal behavior for the idf
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/facebook-photos-of-soldiers-posing-with-bound-palestinians-are-the-norm-1.308582

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  • Smile away, lady. YOu should be allowed to enjoy your job. Good for her!

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  • What a Sour looking Bitch

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  • How bad do things such when /that's/ considered smiling...

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  • i really didnt even see a problem with this in the first place, is someone not allowed to smile for a photo and enjoy their jobs anymore? because thats all there were to these pics. the media just obviously needed a story

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    • Comment of user 'wargypsy' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • nope, not sarcastic

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    • Comment of user 'wargypsy' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • no i dont support those. but i do realise that this woman didnt do anything wrong, she didnt mistreat them, she just took a pic.

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  • Why does it look like there sitting on what the army calls T-walls?

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  • ok now this is fucked up!!! other pic from another day they blured her face while they showed their face now they showed her face and blured their face every thing is a total joke.

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  • I dont see any problem with it......

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  • Her face looked better pixelated.

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  • Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish. - Julius Caesar

    Interesting insight into the mind of the man who were credited with being the first to use propaganda to sway the minds of people.

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  • I wonder what the reaction would be if the prisoner was Jilad Shalit and the whore was a hamas bitch??



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    • Comment of user 'wargypsy' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • none at all just too lazy to google it ;-)



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    • misspelling his name would be THE ONLY controversy to outshine this controversy...LOL

      shhht,don't tell Aydeo, he'll find an article about this new controversy and post it on LL ;-)))



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    • Comment of user 'wargypsy' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • you must be fine with a cartoon of him right?

      http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/07/-hamas-airs-gilad-shalit-propaganda-cartoon.html

      i will admit that the hamas leadership did denounce this later, but still its out there,

      so tell us what is YOUR rection to this?

      it isnt as bad as a simple pic of an isreali girl in front of some prsioners, but hey

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  • Love the polemic commentary, everyone is revealing who they are.

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  • looks more like a hurry the fuck up and take the pic kinda look instead of a big cheesy grin i keep hearing about.

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  • Big deal....the leftist, Liberal and Arab medias are making a mountain out of an anthill.

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  • Well, I have to admit that the odd marguerita or Modelo Negro (incredible beer) might have been in play.
    By American standards I'm probably borderline alcoholic, but I comfort myself with the knowledge that where I live in France I'm boring due to not drinking red wine every lunchtime

    Well now, I have to say I don't think anything has been consistent about Israel's image in the last 50 years.
    What I do know is that many papers, were ardent supporters of Israel for decades, the Guardian stands o More..

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  • Israel should just cut off prisoners heads since these backward goat fucking Muslims think its ok to cut heads off but how dare you smile. Why are Muslim men so scared of women are they all gay?

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  • She is smiling in front of prisoners, it isn't like she is naked (i'm sorry to say) or in any type of compromising position (in which I am also sorry to say). so why the big fuss?

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