TEL AVIV (Berita SuaraMedia) – Mantan tentara Israel yang dikritik karena mengunggah foto-foto dirinya di Facebook berpose dengan para tahanan Palestina menulis bahwa ia akan “dengan senang hati membunuh Arab – bahkan memenggal mereka” pers Israel mengatakan pada Kamis waktu setempat (19/8).
Eden Abergil menarik perhatian ketika foto-foto yang menggambarkan dirinya tersenyum di depan seorang warga Palestina yang ditutupi matanya, dan diborgol, di dalam sebuah album foto yang berjudul “IDF – Tahun-tahun terbaik hidup saya” dipublikasikan di sebuah blog, dan kemudian di media internasional.
Menulis pada laman Facebook-nya pada Kamis waktu setempat. Abergil menjelaskan, “Saya membenci Arab dan berharap yang terburuk untuk mereka. Saya akan merasa senang membunuh mereka semua, bahkan menjagal mereka,” situs kantor berita Israel Ynet mengatakan.
“Dalam perang tidak ada aturan,” Abergil dituding menulis pada dinding laman profil jejaring sosial Facebook.
Sebuah komentar terlampir di salah satu foto tentara tersenyum di depan dua pria yang ditutupi matanya yang diposkan oleh salah satu teman Abergil dengan tulisan “Terlihat benar-benar seksi dirimu,” dengan tanggapan Abergil: “Saya membayangkan jika ia ada di Facebook juga – saya harus menandainya di foto itu.”
Sejak foto-foto tersebut dipublikasikan oleh blogger Ido Keinan awal minggu ini, lusinan orang telah menggugah gambar-gambar di laman Facebook mereka sendiri menggambarkan situasi yang sama.
Menanggapi sebuah komentar yang dibuat di laman Abergail, menunjukkan simpati bahwa kehidupan gadis tersebut telah hancur, Abergail menulis, “Tidak, sayang. Mereka tidak menghancurkan hidup saya. Saya tidak akan biarkan para pencinta Arab menghancurkan kehidupan sempurna yang sedang saya pimpin!!! Saya tidak menyedihkan dan saya tidak akan menyesalinya.”
“Saya mendukung sebuah rezim Zionis Yahudi,” ia menambahkan. “Saya membela apa yang secara hak telah menjadi milik saya selama bertahun-tahun,” ia menulis.
Kolom Fan Abergil telah merencanakan sebuah grup Facebook pendukung untuk tentara cadangan tersebut, yang telah menarik hampir 1.000 penggemar sejauh ini.
Laman kolom fan tersebut adalah sebuah tanggapan yang jelas terlihat untuk sebuah grup yang dipersiapkan oleh kelompok hak asasi manusia Israel, Breaking The Silence, yang menampilkan foto-foto yang sama dari tentara-tentara Israel berpose di dekat warga Palestina yang ditutupi matanya dan diborgol. Pada sedikitnya satu dari foto-foto tersebut, warga Palestina tersebut meninggal.
Breaking The Silence mendirikan grup dengan nama “Norma yang disangkal oleh Avi Benayahu” (The Norm denied by Avi Benayahu) untuk menunjukkan bahwa berkebalikan dengan klaim oleh tentara Israel, album foto Abergil “hanya ujung dari gunung es” dan oleh karenanya “Banyak orang yang memiliki ribuan foto.”
Angkatan Darat mengutuk tindakan Abergil sebagai “tak tahu malu” sementara Otoritas Palestina mengatakan bahwa foto-foto tersebut “menunjukkan mentalitas penjajah, bangga mempermalukan warga Palestina.”
Dalam sebuah wawancara Selasa waktu setempat dengan Radio Angkatan Darat, Abergil mengatakan “Saya masih tidak mengerti apa yang salah.” Abergil berulang-ulang mengatakan bahwa tidak pernah terlintas baginya bahwa “gambar tersebut akan menjadi problematik,” pewawancara Ilana Dayan bertanya apakah media meminta ijin pada para tahanan ketika mereka memfilmnya.
Merujuk pada kemungkinan bahwa gambar-gambar tersebut dapat melukai citra Israel di arena internasonal, Abergil menjawab: “Kami akan selalu diserang. Apapun yang kami lakukan, kami akan selalu diserang.”
Pada senin waktu setempat, juru bicara IDF mengeluarkan tanggapannya atas foto-foo tersebut, mengatakan bahwa “dihadapannya, tindakan yang ditunjukkan oleh tentara tersebut adalah hina dan kasar.”
Kepala Komite Publik Terhadap Penyiksaan, Ishai Menuchin, juga berkomentar, mengatakan bahwa “foto-foto mengerikan tersebut mencerminkan sebuah norma dalam cara warga Palestina dipandang, sebagai sebuah objek dan bukan sebagai manusia. Ini adalah sebuah sikap yang mengabaikan perasaan mereka sebagai manusia dan hak-hak individu mereka.”
JERUSALEM — A former Israeli soldier posted photos on Facebook of herself in uniform smiling beside bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners, drawing sharp criticism Monday from the Israeli military and Palestinian officials.
Israeli news websites and blogs showed two photographs of the woman. In one, she is sitting legs crossed beside a blindfolded Palestinian man who is slumped against a concrete barrier. His face is turned downwards, while she leans toward him with her face upturned. Another shows her smiling at the camera with three Palestinian men with bound hands and blindfolds behind her.
The incident was a reminder of the fraught relations between Israeli soldiers and the West Bank Palestinians under their control.
(More photos here)
Israeli soldiers have run into trouble on the social media sites like Facebook and YouTube before. Most recently a group of combat soldiers were reprimanded for breaking into choreographed dance moves while on patrol in the West Bank town of Hebron. The dance featured prominently on YouTube.
Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib condemned the photos and said they pointed to a deeper malaise – how Israel’s 43-year-old occupation of Palestinians has affected the Israelis who enforce it.
“This shows the mentality of the occupier,” Khatib said, “to be proud of humiliating Palestinians. The occupation is unjust, immoral and, as these pictures show, corrupting.”
The Israeli military also criticized the young woman, who Israeli news media and bloggers identified from her Facebook page as Eden Aberjil of the southern Israeli port town of Ashdod. No official confirmed her identity.
“These are disgraceful photos,” said Capt. Barak Raz, an Israeli military spokesman. “Aside from matters of information security, we are talking about a serious violation of our morals and our ethical code and should this soldier be serving in active duty today, I would imagine that no doubt she would be court-martialed immediately,” he told Associated Press Television News.
It was not clear whether the army could punish the woman, because she has finished her compulsory military service.
The comments by the woman and her friend in an exchange below one photograph suggested how casually the picture was treated, including jokes and sexual innuendoes.
“You’re the sexiest like that,” her friend wrote.
“I wonder if he’s got Facebook!” the woman in the photograph responded. “I have to tag him in the picture!”
Aberjil did not respond to reporters’ questions Monday.
The photographs were a reminder of snapshots taken in 2003 by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq that showed Iraqi detainees naked, humiliated and terrified. In that case, some soldiers went to prison after the photos came to light.
The photographs of the Israeli soldier and the Palestinians, by contrast, show no overt physical abuse or coercion of the prisoners, although they are ridiculed in the comments between the soldier and her friends.
Palestinians are routinely handcuffed and blindfolded when they are arrested to stop them from trying to flee.
Eden Abergil’s Sexy Facebook Photos Are Proof Of Her Stupidity
EDEN Abergil is the idiot posting on Facebook pictures of her time with the Israeli Defense Forces. She is seen smirking at blindfolded Palestinian detainees. Being a twat is not the preserve of any one nation or sex. This is equality in action, readers.
This is also Facebook plus Israel – it’s a media shitstorm guaranteed.
Abergil left the Army in 2008, and an IDF spokesman said it is not clear whether the military can haul her before a court. He goes on to say:
“These actions are ugly and callous; details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command.”
Abergil called her photo montage:
“Army.. the most beautiful time of my life ”). [smiley her own]
A comment posted beneath the picture by one of Eden’s friends, says:
“You look sexiest here,” to which the former soldier replies: “Yeah I know … I wonder if he’s got Facebook! I have to tag him in the picture!”
This will go down well with the Palestinian hardliners, who say it is typical behaviour. Of course it isn’t. But it exists.
Yishai Menuchin, the director of the Public Committee Against Torture, an NGO, Yishai Menuchin, condemned the soldiers actions:
“The horrible pictures demonstrate a norm of treating Palestinians like objects instead of human beings – treatment that disregards their feelings as humans and their right to privacy.” – Haaretz
The pictures were highlighted by an Israeli blogger.
But when the enemy do your propaganda for you, you’d be a fool not to seize the opportunity…
Israel blogger Reider has more:
Update 5pm: Abergil responded to blogger and musician Dan-ya Shwartz,saying: “I don’t understand why it’s any of your business to go prying through people’s Facebooks and always find the bad. [Go] deal with more important matters. “
Update 5:30pm: Abergil changed her privacy settings, blocking her album to non-friends.
Update 5:45pm: This has to be the quickest internet shit-storm I ever watched unfold in Israel: FakeEdenAbergil just went on air
Update 7pm: Abergil replied to a query from Lisa Goldman: “I don’t speak to lefties.”
What odds we hear more from Abergil..?
When I was Eden Abergil
The occupation did not transform us into law-breaking criminals, it only taught us that it’s best to be on the stronger side.
The photographs of the female soldier Eden Abergil on Facebook with the young, bound Palestinians did not “shock” me, as did the automatic responses of people on the left who complained, as usual, about the corrupting occupation and our moral deterioration. Instead, the photos brought back memories from my military service. Once, I was also Eden Abergil: I served in a Military Police unit in Lebanon whose mission was to take prisoners from the Shin Bet’s interrogation rooms to the large holding camp of Ansar. I covered many eyes with pieces of cloth, I bound many wrists with plastic cuffs.
|Photo posted by a former IDF soldier on Facebook.|
I never knew who the prisoners were and what they had done wrong, and I was not trained to know how to treat them. Everything was improvised. They showed me how to cuff them, apply the piece of cloth and load them onto army vehicles. And off we went. Very quickly I learned four words in Arabic that soldiers used when handling the prisoners: aud (sit ), um (stand ), yidak (put your hands out ) and uskut (quiet ). In the basement for Shin Bet interrogations at Nabatieh, in an old tobacco factory that had been transformed into the regional division headquarters, I saw prisoners eating like dogs, bent over with their hands tied behind their backs. And I smelled their sweat and urine.
I never saw “irregularities.” No beatings, no slappings, no maimings. But if the cuffs were put on a bit too tight, half a centimeter that couldn’t be reversed, the prisoner suffered great pain. The palms swelled because blood flow was restricted, and the trip became a nightmare when the prisoners begin to beg: “Captain, captain, idi, idi [my hands].” There were soldiers who tied the cuffs on too tight – a small torture that’s not in the reports by Amnesty International or the Goldstone Commission. It’s a torture that depends on a single soldier, without instructions from above or the military advocate general. An outlet for the hatred of Arabs during a routine mission.
And there were the humiliations. We did not force the prisoners to sing “Ana bahebak Mishmar Hagvul” (“I love you Border Police” ), as in the territories. The big hit back then was “Yaish Begin, mat Arafat” (“Long live Begin, Arafat is dead” ). In retrospect, it’s not certain that our Lebanese prisoners were opposed to Arafat’s removal; they may have even identified with that part of the song.
I once performed a leftist act of courage. I was guarding a truck full of prisoners who were waiting in the sun to be processed at Ansar. Suddenly a reservist thug showed up, with sneakers and no shirt on, and wanted to get on the truck and beat the prisoners. I refused to let him on. He made a threatening move. I had no chance against him one on one. I cocked my weapon, he took a step back and, enraged, said: “It’s because of people like you that the country is in the state it is.”
There was nothing special in my experience or in the photographs of Eden Abergil. Tens of thousands of soldiers who served in the territories and Lebanon, like Eden and me, were exposed to similar experiences. This is the routine of occupation: pieces of cloth, cuffs, sweat in the sun, aud, um, yidak, uskut. That’s the way it has been for 43 years. When 18-year-old soldiers with weapons guard civilians with their hands and eyes bound, and see the prisoners lying in pools of urine in the interrogation basements, the situation is violent and humiliating without diverging from orders or regulations.
The occupation did not “corrupt” me or any of my colleagues in the unit. We didn’t return home and run wild in the streets and abuse helpless people. Coming-of-age problems preoccupied us a lot more than our prisoners’ discomfort. Our political views were also not affected. Anyone who hated Arabs at home hated them when he was defeated and weak in the army, and those who read Uri Avnery before being drafted believed that it was necessary to leave Lebanon and the territories even when they actively took part in the occupation.
But we learned one lesson: Regardless of politics, it’s better to be the guard than the prisoner. Even those who dream of a permanent settlement and a Palestinian state and want to see the settlements gone prefer to tie on the cuffs than be cuffed. It’s better to guard the prisoner and eat at the mess hall than to eat on your knees with your hands tied behind your back in a smelly room. The occupation did not transform us into law-breaking criminals, it only taught us that it’s best to be on the stronger side.
Israeli officer poses for Facebook in front of Palestinian prisoners
These photos were taken by a young female Israeli soldier. They were posted on Facebook in an album titled “IDF…The best time of my life :)”.
The photos were posted by Eden Abergil, a young Israeli woman who finished her military service over a year ago. They show the uniformed officer smiling and posing next to bound and blindfolded Palestinian men.
The pictures have raised a huge storm on the Internet after being picked up by the Israeli blog Sachim. The comments on Facebook published below the picture sparked extra outrage: “Eden, he’s got a hard-on for you…lol!” wrote one of her girlfriends, while Eden joked that she wondered if the prisoner “has Facebook” so she could “tag” him.
The Israeli army issued a statement calling Abergil’s behaviour “ugly and callous”, adding that “details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command”.
All Israeli citizens aged 18 and over must complete an 18-month-long military service. Only married, pregnant, religious, or disabled women are exempted.
“I tried to contact Eden Abergil on Facebook, but she answered that she ‘doesn’t talk to leftists'”
Lisa Goldman is a blogger and freelance journalist in Tel Aviv.
This woman’s attitude is simply disgusting. I wouldn’t say her behaviour is the norm, but there have been precedents in the Israeli army. Some people have absolutely no discipline. To make matters worse, Eden Abergil was an officer.If she had posted the photos during her military service, she would now be in big trouble with the IDF. But now that she’s been discharged, she’s just an ordinary citizen. The army can’t do anything. Eden didn’t even take the photos off her Facebook page after the scandal broke out, she just changed her privacy settings. But there’s going to be a lot of noise around this story”.
Eden Abergil, the product of a blindfolded society
A photo taken in June of a Palestinian man being detained near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. Shortly after taking this photo Israeli soldiers ordered me to stop shooting. (Photo: Max Blumenthal)
Is there anything shocking about the Facebook photos showing the Israeli female soldier Eden Abergil posing in mocking positions next to bound and blindfolded Palestinian men? While her conduct was abominable, I did not find it especially distinct from the documented behavior of Israeli soldiers and Border Police in the Occupied Territories.
Above is a photo I took in Hebron in June before soldiers demanded that I stop shooting (I will release video from Hebron as soon as I get the chance). Scenes like these can be witnessed on any given day in the West Bank. Not only do they show the dehumanization that the Palestinian Morlocks are subjected to on an hourly basis, they depict the world where Abergil spent what she called “the most beautiful time of [her] life.” It is easy to see how young Israelis (or anyone) would be sapped of their humanity in such an environment.
In July, I waited inside the cafeteria of Israel’s Guantanamo-like Ofer Prison after watching Ibrahim Amira, a leader of the Ni’ilin popular committee, be sentenced by a kangaroo court to six months in prison for the trumped-up charge of “incitement” (he was accused of paying kids to throw rocks at the Israeli soldiers who invade their village at least every week, as if they needed encouragement). While I stood at the counter to order a coffee, I watched four female jailers gather around a laptop to check their Facebook pages. I wondered what their status updates looked like. If they wrote anything relating to their work, would their Facebook pages look different than Abergil’s? Of course not. Just take a trip to Eyal Niv’s blog and look at some of the photos other young Israelis are posting.
A photo from Eden Abergil’s Facebook profile. (Photo credit: Dimi’s Notes)
You don’t have to go to the West Bank or into an Israeli prison to recognize that Abergil is a typical product of Israel’s comprehensively militarized society. Just watch the documentary, “To See When I’m Smiling.” In the film, which tells the soul-crushing stories of four young women conscripted into the Israeli Army, one of the characters recounts posing for a photo beside a dead Palestinian man who had an erection. She was smiling from ear to ear in the photo. However, at the end of the film, when she is compelled to look at the picture for the first time in two years, she does not recognize the monster who bears her image. Her contorted facial expression seems to ask, “Who was I?”
“To See When I’m Smiling” was produced by Breaking The Silence, a human rights group formed by ex-Israeli soldiers who collect testimonies from their peers. Incidentally, Breaking The Silence has published a 132-page booklet of testimonies by female soldiers (PDF here) who participated in acts at least as hideous as those depicted on Abergil’s Facebook page.
Here is Testimony 63, by a female sergeant from the Nahal Unit who served in Mevo Dotan:
I recall once, this was after we moved to Mevo Dotan, to the base there, some Palestinian was sitting on a chair and I passed by several times. Once I thought: Okay, why is he sitting here for an hour? I feel like spitting at him, at this Arab. And they tell me: Go one, spit at him. I don’t recall whether anyone did this before I did, but I remember spitting at him and feeling really, like at first I felt, wow, good for me, I just spat at some terrorist, that’s how I’d call them. And then I recall that afterwards I felt some thing here was not right.
Not too human. I mean, it sounds cool and all, but no, it’s not right.
You thought about later, or during the act?
Later. At the time you felt real cool.
Even when everyone was watching, you felt real cool.
Yes, and then sometimes you get to thinking, especially say on Holocaust Memorial Day, suddenly you’re thinking, hey, these thing were done to us, it’s a human being after all. Eventually as things turned out he was no terrorist anyway, it was a kid who’d hung around too long near the base, so he was caught or something.
Blindfolded and all?
Yes. I think that at some point no one even stood watch over him.
The female sergeant recalled the Holocaust when she reflected on her actions. If you are raised in a Jewish home, it is difficult not to see the ravages of the occupation in the light of the Holocaust, regardless of whether you know that the Israeli army’s violence bears little comparison to the exterminationism of the Nazis. Just as when I watched “To See When I’m Smiling,” Abergil’s photos made me think of Costa Gavras’ haunting Holocaust film, “Music Box.” If you have seen it, you will understand my reference. If not, rent it.
I also thought of the first stanza of “Vision,” a poem by the Palestinian writer Muhammad al-Qaisi. The poem reminded me not only of the Abergil’s public unmasking, but of the many Israelis who told me about their experiences in the army as though they were describing some morally debased person they have never met:
I see the faces change their complexion
peel off their outer skin
I see the faces divested
of makeup and masks
and I see an empty stage
the spectators denying their own images
in the third act.
A former Israeli Young Woman Soldier named Eden Abergil’s posted some Sexy photos of herself in uniform smiling beside the Palestinian prisoners who were blind folded on her Facebook photo album are now Sensational on Internet. Many Israeli blogs and news websites showed 2 photographs of this woman. In one photograph, she is sitting legs crossed beside a Palestinian prisoner whose face is turned downwards and is blindfolded, while she leans towards him with her face upturned. Those photos became so sensational not because of the fact that she is sexy, but it reminder of the fraught relations between Israeli soldiers and the West Bank Palestinians who were under their control.
Israeli Young Woman Soldier Eden Abergil’s Facebook photos
Photos credit: http://sachim.tumblr.com/
Soldiers of Israel were in trouble many times before due to online social media websites like Facebook, Youtube etc. Recently a group of Israeli combat soldiers were reprimanded for breaking into choreographed dance moves while on patrol in the West Bank town of Hebron and this dance featured prominently on YouTube. Ghassan Khatib, Palestinian Authority spokesman condemned the photos and said they pointed to a deeper malaise – how Israel’s 43-year-old occupation of Palestinians has affected the Israelis who enforce it.
“This shows the mentality of the occupier,” Khatib said, “to be proud of humiliating Palestinians. The occupation is unjust, immoral and, as these pictures show, corrupting.”
No Israeli official confirmed her identity, but the bloggers and news media websites identified her from her Facebook page as Eden Aberji of the souther Israeli port town who was a former Israeli soldier. All bloggers and news media websites strongly criticized her for her published Facebook photos and Israeli military also criticized this young woman. “These are disgraceful photos,” said Capt. Barak Raz, an Israeli military spokesman.
Since she finished her compulsory military service, it was not clear whether the Israeli army could punish this young woman. However I think the Israeli government will not punish her since her photos are the clear identity of her stupidity. This young girl must be aware about the consequences of posting such humiliating photos on a public social networking platform like facebook.
What Eden Abergil did wrong
By JERUSALEM POST EDITORIAL
She forgot that Palestinians deserve respect.
Eden Abergil, the former IDF soldier who posted photographs of herself posing with bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainees on her Facebook page, truly cannot understand what all the fuss is about.
“I didn’t physically hurt anyone,” she said, accurately, on Tuesday, in a series of media interviews after the photographs were republished in newspapers around the world and prompted coverage on international TV networks.
“There’s no violence,” she said, correctly, and, more dubiously, “There’s no contempt.”
She stressed that “I actually took care of the detainees. 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 served the country.”
Lots of soldiers have themselves photographed with Palestinian detainees, she added. And she seems to have been right about that, too. Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem, two Israeli organizations that seek to draw attention to what they consider the evils of the occupation, were quick to produce numerous other examples of snapshots taken by and of Israeli soldiers alongside Palestinian captives, some of them showing the detainees in poses far more humiliating than those that Abergil posted in the Facebook album she labeled “The army… best time of my life.”
Until the storm over the pictures broke publicly, they were visible on Abergil’s page to all Facebook users, and attracted a range of responses. Although some viewers posted shocked criticisms, others found the pictures amusing, and Abergil still didn’t see a problem. One friend’s posting that Abergil looked “super sexy” in a snap alongside one of the detainees elicited a response from her about, “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, however, was not amused. In a statement, the IDF Spokesman’s Unit described Abergil’s behavior as “shameful,” and another spokesman called the photographs “a serious violation of our morals and ethical code.”
It has now been reported that Abergil is being stripped of her military rank and excluded from reserve service, to which she has responded that the IDF has let her down and that she is “sorry that I served in such an army.”
SOME CRITICS have attempted to draw comparisons between Abergil’s photographs and pictures of laughing American soldiers posing with tortured detainees at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.
The comparison is superficial and misplaced. The Abu Ghraib pictures revealed a despicable culture of torture at the American detention center; Abergil’s document the all-too-unfortunately-familiar banality of widespread arrests of suspected Palestinian militants in the fraught climate of the West Bank – until recently the dispatch zone for waves of Palestinian suicide bombers targeting Israeli civilians.
Nonetheless, the episode also highlights the dangerous ease with which Israel’s regrettable need to deploy soldiers in the West Bank – involving relentless interaction with the Palestinian civilian population – in order to keep our populace safe, can breed a routine in which respect for those civilians is lessened or lost.
That’s what Abergil did wrong – in the posting of her photographs, in the taking of her photographs and in the nature of her poses in the photographs: She lost sight of the fact that the Palestinian detainees in her charge, whatever their suspected crimes, must be afforded fundamental respect as fellow human beings.
Israel, as the prime minister can be heard saying almost every week, has no desire to rule over the Palestinians. It seeks a viable compromise with their leadership that would enable Israel to live in peace and security alongside an independent Palestinian state. Thus far, largely because of a Palestinian reluctance to acknowledge the legitimacy of Israel’s sovereign presence here, such an accord has proved elusive.
And since, in its absence, Palestinian extremists have exploited the intermingling of our populations to carry out murderous acts of terrorism against our people, the Israel Defense Forces have been deployed, including in and around Palestinian areas, to thwart further such acts.
That vital protective soldiering must be done by the IDF with absolute professionalism, humanity and morality, while the politicians work toward creating a reality in which it will not be necessary. Eden Abergil’s photographs constitute far from the most egregious conceivable breach of those standards. But a dismal breach they most certainly are. And the IDF is rightly instituting a new educational effort within its ranks to underline why.