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Israeli soldier posts photos of Palestinian prisoners on Facebook

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A FORMER ISRAELI DEFENCE Forces soldier who has been criticised for putting photos of her posing with Palestinian prisoners online says she doesn’t see what she did wrong.

Eden Abergil from Ashdod in Israel uploaded photos of her posing with captured and bound prisoners to her Facebook account. The men had their hands tied and their eyes covered.

A comment under one of the photos read, ”You’re super sexy here.” To which Abergil replied:

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 has posted this video response to the “shameful” photos:

The Palestinian Authority said the photos show the “mentality of the occupier” and humiliate Palestinians.

Human rights group The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel said the photos reflect Israel’s objectification and disregard of Palestinians.

Speaking to Israeli radio last week, Abergil said that the pictures were taken in goodwill, and doesn’t “understand what’s wrong.”

The Israeli military is unable to force her to remove the photos because she was discharged from the army last year.

Abergil has since changed the privacy settings on her account so the photos and accompanying comments can no longer be viewed.

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