ECHOES OF ABU GHRAIB: Israeli soldier gets thrills posing with bound captives; BBC: Israeli interrogators ‘in Iraq’ (2004)

Anger over Israel soldier’s prisoner Facebook images
BBC News (UK)
August 17, 2010

A former Israeli soldier has been sharply criticized for posting images of herself on Facebook posing next to Palestinian prisoners.

Eden Aberjil had put the images in an album on the site entitled “The army: the best days of my life.”

wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday that she would “I would gladly kill Arabs – even slaughter them”

Army officials have condemned her behavior as “shameful” and said they would investigate the matter further.

Palestinian groups said the images were humiliating and revealed the “mentality of the occupier”.

The controversial images were among 26 photographs Ms Aberjil posted on her Facebook page.

In one, she is shown smiling next to three bound and blindfolded prisoners and in the second, she is sitting with her face turned towards a prisoner.

Ms Aberjil had already been discharged from the army having completed her mandatory military service, and it was unclear whether she could face disciplinary action.

But a military spokesman said all the details had been passed to her commanders for “further attention”.

“This is shameful behavior by the soldier,” the spokesman said in a statement.

Palestinians are routinely blindfolded and handcuffed when arrested by Israeli troops, to prevent them trying to escape.

While the photographs do not depict overt abuse, the [Zionist-run] Palestinian Authority said they did show “the mentality of the occupier to be proud of humiliating Palestinians”.

“The occupation is unjust, immoral and, as these pictures show, corrupting,” said spokesman Ghassan Khatib.

Yishai Menuchim, head of the Israeli Committee against Torture [another oxymoron — 800], also criticized the images, saying the incident “reflects an attitude which has become the norm and consists in treating Palestinians like objects, not like human beings“.

Last month, six Israeli soldiers were widely criticized for posting a video of themselves performing a dance routine while on duty in the West Bank town of Hebron.

The soldiers escaped disciplinary action after the army said no harm had been done.

The above article can be found here:

Israeli interrogators ‘in Iraq’ (2004)

BBC News (UK)
July 3, 2004

The US officer at the heart of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal says she has evidence that Israelis helped to interrogate Iraqis at another facility.

Brigadier-General Janis Karpinski told the BBC she met an Israeli working as an interrogator at a secret intelligence center in Baghdad.

A BBC reporter says it is the first time a senior US officer has suggested Israelis worked with the coalition.

The Israeli foreign ministry said the reports were completely untrue.

Intelligence access

Gen. Karpinski was in charge of the military police unit that ran Abu Ghraib and other prisons when the abuses were committed. She has been suspended but not charged.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program she met a man claiming to be Israeli during a visit to an intelligence center with a senior coalition general.

“I saw an individual there that I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet before, and I asked him what did he do there, was he an interpreter — he was clearly from the Middle East,” she said in the interview.

“He said, ‘Well, I do some of the interrogation here. I speak Arabic but I’m not an Arab; I’m from Israel.'”

Until a 1999 ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court, Israeli secret service interrogators were allowed to use “moderate force”.

The US journalist who broke the Abu Ghraib scandal told the program his sources confirm the presence of Israeli intelligence agents in Iraq.

[Zionist propagandist] Seymour Hersh said that one of the Israeli aims was to gain access to detained members of the Iraqi secret intelligence unit, who reportedly specialize in Israeli affairs.

‘Convenient scapegoat’

The BBC reporter, Matthew Grant, says that whatever the truth, these allegations could cause anger in the Arab world.

Photographs of naked Iraqi detainees being humiliated and maltreated first started to surface in April, sparking shock and anger across the world.

One soldier has been sentenced and six others are awaiting courts martial for abuses committed at Abu Ghraib jail.

Gen. Karpinski has said she was being made a “convenient scapegoat” for abuse ordered by others.

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New photos of soldiers rejoicing at killing, arresting Palestinians exposed

The Palestinian Information Center
August 18, 2010

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Shovrim Shtika (breaking the silence) organization unveiled pictures posted by Israeli soldiers on the internet showing them standing beside Palestinian detainees or dead bodies rejoicing over what they had done.

The pictures, showing Israeli soldiers with handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinians or dead bodies lying on the ground, illustrated the pleasure the Israeli soldiers normally find in killing and arresting Palestinians.

Shovrim Shtika said that the pictures that were revealed yesterday and today proved that this phenomenon is much broader than individual incidents, adding that it launched a campaign against the Israeli army which denies the spread of such incidents.

This new revelation came one day after a female soldier posted on Facebook pictures showing her smirking at handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees next to her.

For its part, the prisoners’ center for studies called on international human rights organizations to necessarily follow up the Israeli violations committed against Palestinians and detainees at military checkpoints.

This appeal was made in reaction to the pictures of suppressed Palestinian detainees posted on Facebook by an Israeli female soldier yesterday.

Director of the center Ra’fat Hamdouna said in a statement Tuesday that Israel’s violations against Palestinian citizens and detainees went too far and became unbearable, similar to what happens in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.

The above article can be found here: New photos of soldiers rejoicing at killing, arresting Palestinians exposed

Israeli investigators assault prisoner to force out confession
The Palestinian Information Center
August 19, 2010

NABLUS, (PIC)– According to the international Tadhamun (solidarity) foundation for human rights, Israeli investigators physically assaulted prisoner Noureddine Samhan, 20, when questioning him at the Jalama interrogation center.

Ahmed Beitawi, a researcher at the foundation, said Samhan was severely beaten by an Israeli investigator named Meimon, who kicked him several times in the legs and struck him in the chest and stomach. Police also used verbal profanities, ripped his clothes, and spit in his face, all while he was fasting.

Beitawi said the prisoner was bruised on various parts of the body and went into a nervous breakdown during the assault. He signed a confession of all charges against him to save himself from the beatings and insults.

Beitawi described the attack as real and tangible evidence against claims which deny that Palestinian prisoners are beaten during interrogation and questioning, and that they make confessions of their own volition without any pressure or coercion.

Noureddine Samhan, a student at the University of Jerusalem, was arrested by Israeli troops at the Qalqilya checkpoint July, 13 and immediately rushed to the Jalama interrogation center.

The above article can be found here: Israeli investigators assault prisoner to force out confession

‘I would gladly kill Arabs – even slaughter them’
August 19, 2010

In new bid to defend publishing controversial images, former IDF soldier Eden Abergil writes on Facebook ‘In war there are no rules.’

Eden Abergil, the former Israel Defense Forces soldier who has been criticized for publishing controversial images on Facebook, allegedly wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday that she would “gladly kill Arabs – even slaughter them.”

“In war there are no rules,” Abergil allegedly wrote on the wall of her profile page on the social network Facebook.

Photographs uploaded by Abergil from Ashdod and labeled “IDF – the best time of my life,” depicted her smiling next to Palestinian prisoners with their hands bound and their eyes covered.

A comment attached to one of the photos of the soldier smiling in front of two blindfold men and posted by one of Abergil’s friends read “That looks really sexy for you,” with Abergil’s response reading: “I wonder if he is on Facebook too – I’ll have to tag him in the photo.”

Since the photos were published by blogger Ido Keinan earlier this week, dozens of people have uploaded images on to their own Facebook pages depicting similar situations.

Abergil responded on Facebook to an image in which a women was pasted instead of the Palestinian prisoners in the original images, saying that it was not funny and that she would not let anyone ruin her “perfect life.”

“I can’t allow Arab lovers to ruin the perfect life I lead,” she allegedly wrote. “I am not sorry and I don’t regret it.”

“I am in favor of a Jewish-Zionist State,” she added. “I defend what has been rightfully mine for ages,” she wrote.

During an Army Radio interview on Tuesday, 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.”

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.”

The head of the Public Committee Against Torture, Ishai Menuchin, also commented, saying that “these terrible photographs reflect a norm in the way Palestinians are viewed, as an object and not as humans. It is an attitude that ignores their feelings as humans and their individual rights.”

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