Highlighting the cold indifference and cruelty that has come to characterize the Israeli occupation, a recently discharged soldier has posted photos of herself smiling as she sits besides blindfolded Palestinian prisoners.
The photos were flooded with sexual innuendos and other remarks about Abergil. One comment states, “You’re the sexiest like that,” and Abergil’s response to this comment mocks the detained man in the photo by saying: “I wonder if he’s got Facebook,” and “I have to tag him in the picture.”
The photos have gotten backlash from both the Israeli army and the Palestinians alike. So much backlash, that the photos have even been compared to the infamous Abu Ghraib photos that showed American soldiers smiling and giving a ‘thumbs up’ next to prisoners who were being tortured and humiliated.
But because Abergil is a former solider and not currently active, it’s unclear whether or not any legal action will be taken against her for posting such shameful photos and Abergil insists she did nothing wrong. If the tables were turned, I’m sure she wouldn’t think so. But we digress.
However, this is clearly not an isolated incident. There have been countless reports of detainees being tortured, terrorized and humiliated by both the IDF in Israel/Palestine and by U.S. soldiers in various locations including Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay or ‘Gitmo’. In fact, it’s almost overwhelming how often this happens and needless to say it is disgusting and shameful.
Ah well, for “love of God and country,” right?