Israel’s changing image

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Instagram photo published by Mor Ostrovski 20 Israeli sniper
Instagram photo published by Mor Ostrovski, 20, Israeli sniper

The Instagram photo posted by an Israeli soldier, of a Palestinian boy’s head in crosshairs, has now become an international scandal, thanks to Ali Abunimah’s discovery of it. We are surely jaded by seeing evidence of this dehumanization all the time; but this image has demonstrated a power that other reports have lacked; and the optics of the Israeli miracle are changing before our eyes. Is this startup nation or the child-targeting nation?

ABC News is covering it, and it is the top story on Yahoo.

JERUSALEM – A photo posted online by an Israeli soldier showing a child in the crosshairs of a rifle scope has created a firestorm on the internet, drawing widespread criticism.

The photo was reportedly posted on Jan. 25 by Mor Ostrovski, 20, a member of an Israeli sniper unit. It shows crosshairs zeroed in on the back of the head of what appears to be a Palestinian boy in a village. The photo has since been taken down and Ostrovski‘s account has been deactivated.

“There are no other images to suggest that the photographer actually fired at the person in the image in this case,” wrote Palestinian activist Ali Abuminah who runs the site Electronic Intifada and drew much of the attention to the photo. “The image is simply tasteless and dehumanizing. It embodies the idea that Palestinian children are targets.”

But Palestinian children are targets: nearly 400 were killed by Israel just four years ago in 3 weeks in Gaza. It does not appear that the New York Times has covered the story yet. No it is covering the pistachio ice cream scandal, Netanyahu’s ice cream budget. How long can it postpone that hour?

The Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood made it international a day back:

An Israeli soldier has sparked outrage by posting a photograph appearing to show the back of a Palestinian boy’s head in the crosshairs of his sniper rifle on a social networking site….

The Israeli military said the soldier’s commanders were investigating the incident. His actions “are not in accordance with the spirit of the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] or its values”, a spokesperson said.

Ostrovski, who has closed his Instagram account, told the army he did not take the picture but found it on the internet.

Breaking the Silence, an organisation of veteran Israeli combat soldiers campaigning to raise awareness about life in the West Bank, condemned the image. “This is what occupation looks like. This is what military control over a civilian population looks like,” one member wrote on the group’s Facebook page….

In December, [Electronic Intifada] discovered Nisim Asis, a 22-year-old soldier from the Beit-El settlement, who posted racist images on his Instagram page, including a picture of himself licking what is probably tomato ketchup from a knife with the caption: “Fuck all Arabs their blood is tasty”.

In another unrelated incident, an infantry corps soldier was recently sentenced to 14 days in military prison for posting a picture of himself beside a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian on Facebook.//

More on the targeting of children. Last year we covered Breaking the Silence’s shocking report on the routine humiliation and victimization of children by Israeli soldiers. From our coverage:

The report teems with instances of teenagers, some 14 and 15, held till they foul themselves. They soil themselves because of beatings or because they are manacled and not allowed to go to a bathroom overnight. Other forms of humiliation include slapping children in the face, making them take off their pants to be searched, and stepping on their testicles.

This wasn’t the first Electronic Intifada report on the Israeli military and Instagram. In December Benjamin Doherty coined the term “war sporno” to describe “the use of male and female bodies to eroticize the military, to displace violence against Palestinians, to encourage Western publics to identify with Israeli soldiers, and to identify Israeli soldiers.”Here is one example Doherty published which speaks for itself:

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(Photo Nadav Peretz via Electronic Intifada)
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  1. eljay
    February 19, 2013, 10:17 am

    The Israeli military said the soldier’s commanders were investigating the incident. His actions “are not in accordance with the spirit of the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] or its values”, a spokesperson said.

    The IDF is Zio-supremacism militarized.

    The IDF is the soliders, the massive arsenal of weaponry and the ideology that uphold oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State”.

    The IDF carries out aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder on behalf of Zio-supremacism and its state.

    Seems to me the soldier’s actions are very much in accordance with the spirit of the IDF and its values.

  2. Woody Tanaka
    February 19, 2013, 10:20 am

    “His actions ‘are not in accordance with the spirit of the IDF… or its values’, a spokesperson said.”

    Oh, bs. Israeli coward murdering Palestinian children from a distance has been the Israeli Terror Force’s spirit and value for decades.

  3. flyod
    February 19, 2013, 10:22 am

    from the beginning palestinian children have been targeted by the zionists with the intended fear such killings would instill on the population. qazaza, al-sheikh village, beit daras, dawayma, sharafat, and kibya massacres are only a handful early atrocities whereby palestinian civilians, including many children, were murdered. this has carried through to the present. the child in the crosshairs is an exception to the rule.. the trigger apparently wasn’t pulled

  4. seafoid
    February 19, 2013, 10:26 am

    The soldier is Russian. He thinks he’s in Chechnya.

    Dehumanising the Palestinians makes things simpler. It’s like breathing on a respirator

    “His actions “are not in accordance with the spirit of the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] or its values”

    Yeah. He should have shot the kid.

    • EUR1069
      February 19, 2013, 12:04 pm

      No, he’s NOT Russian. His parents probably emigrated from the SU/Russia on the the basis of being Jews (i.e. non-Russians), and, given his age – 20 – he was born in Israel.

    • kalithea
      February 19, 2013, 12:17 pm

      Quit with the Russian bit. He’s a Zionist and he could have been from New Jersey or Boca. Zionists are ALL THE SAME, left, right, Russian, American or other. What should be the operative message is: He’s a ZIONIST, FIRST. Quit making it like “he’s like this because he’s Russian”. When you do this you make it about something else when we all know it’s the Zionist in him that turned him into the racist monster he proved he is.

      HE’S LIKE THIS BECAUSE HE’S A ZIONIST, PERIOD! That is the message the world should get. The point is not whether he’s from New Jersey, Boca or Moldova. He’s a ZIONIST FIRST doing exactly what Zionism requires of him.

      • W.Jones
        February 19, 2013, 7:55 pm

        “The point is not whether he’s from New Jersey…”

        “my rifle was electric” ~ Jeffrey Goldberg

      • W.Jones
        February 19, 2013, 8:05 pm

        Yeah, “Mor” isn’t a very Russian first name. My guess is that he didn’t get sniper training in Russia and doesn’t think the kid is Chechen.

        Veterans Today ran a story about how they are specially trained to misuse “nonlethal” rubber bullets so that they are not nonlethal. There is a famous photo of a kid throwing a rock at a tank, and ten days later the kid in the photo was killed by a sniper in this way, according to the V.T. article.

    • W.Jones
      February 19, 2013, 7:57 pm

      I think everyday Russians have alot more respect for Chechen kids. Am I wrong?

  5. Annie Robbins
    February 19, 2013, 10:56 am

    sport shooting, hunger games mentality, it is what it is.

    not unlike pedophilia, children are just so much more tantalizing. and taking out sadistic urges on teens..what could be more satisfying for a youth nurtured by the apartheid state? old’s just not the same thrill.

    • seafoid
      February 19, 2013, 11:01 am

      It’s not so much hip as Zionist. It is all Jewish Land and the Palestinians are Amalek. Kosher lemehadrin.

  6. Annie Robbins
    February 19, 2013, 11:04 am

    the story is that it’s got legs. and that’s a story all into itself. we’ve finally reached the 100th monkey. the world is ready to listen. let us pray.

    • Kathleen
      February 19, 2013, 3:20 pm

      The world, folks in Europe are way out in front on being honest about what has been going on in that conflict. It is the US MSM that has been wrapped up in the Zionist bubble for decades. Hiding behind such terms as “liberal zionist.” Hundredth Monkey indeed…last bubble to prick for good is in the US.

  7. tombishop
    February 19, 2013, 11:16 am

    I’ve had some trouble understanding the significance of Israel’s Prisoner X. This post on The Real News helped:

    • Avi_G.
      February 19, 2013, 12:28 pm

      The concern among some Israelis is that their government had disappeared a person (Read: Israeli Jew).

      But along the same lines of what Antony Loewenstein wrote yesterday, Israelis have long willfully ignored their own government’s disappearing of Palestinians.

      The notorious Facility 1391 has yet to raise any eyebrows among the Israeli public. And based on whatever documentation is available through press reports here and there, it would appear that several hundred Arabs (Including Lebanese, Palestinians and others) have been disappeared. They vanished from the face of the Earth, never to be seen again.

      There is no accountability, there is no truth, there is no justice. The rogue state of Israel marches on.

      • kalithea
        February 19, 2013, 2:03 pm

        All of a sudden some Zionists are up in arms because one of their own was disappeared. The Zionist state disappears “others” all the time! Where is the condemnation or does the LAW apply only to Jews and to hell with everyone else???

    • kalithea
      February 19, 2013, 1:10 pm

      I wonder if Ben Zygier knew what happened to the Iranian General Reza Al-Asgari? No doubt, that was just one secret pending exposure. Most definitely he intended to reveal something really big and very damaging to the Israeli government for the latter to take such extreme measures against one of their own.

      This being said, Zygier no doubt as a member of Mossad participated in crimes and assassinations and you know what they say: live by the sword; die by the sword, so while it’s a pity the world was not made even more convincingly aware (if it even needs more proof at this point) that Israel is a Criminal State, I don’t pity the fact that there is one less member of the thug gang, Mossad.

      • lysias
        February 19, 2013, 3:20 pm

        That’s like saying that it was right for the Allies to hound Kurt Gerstein into committing suicide after the war, because he had, after all, been an officer in the criminal SS, and ignoring his attempts to expose the crimes of that criminal organization.

      • sardelapasti
        February 20, 2013, 2:21 am

        lysias – “hound Kurt Gerstein … because he had… been an officer in the criminal SS …ignoring his attempts to expose the crimes of that criminal organization.”

        Funny you should mention that. Always thought he was hounded precisely because the Allies had knowingly ignored his attempts earlier.

      • bilal a
        February 19, 2013, 4:46 pm

        Ben Zygier was involved in Euro exports into Iran , ie false flag Iran Contra type high tech arms dealing (recall that Israel MOssadwas prominent in anti russian arms exports into Pakistan-Afghanistan, thgat they have supported various Sunni terrorist groups incl MEK, oftenposing as CIA or others). notes the euro italian black op but neglects its real signficance.

        The only high tech exports into Iran which would require the murder of an Australian Mossad agent must have something to do with the Iran nuclear issue ie “electronics”.

        maybe Israel is exporting nuclear triggers to friends in Iran as a case for war ?

  8. ckg
    February 19, 2013, 11:31 am

    I hate to be sounding like Nate Silver here, but I don’t know if there is much empirical evidence to support a changing image of Israel other than Dick Morris style optimism. Pew Research Center analysis does not show a decline in U.S. public support for Israel. If there is a trend over time in the Pew data, it is not what we desire. And CUFI now has well over a million members plus over a million followers on Facebook.

  9. CloakAndDagger
    February 19, 2013, 11:34 am

    The comment section for that article on Yahoo! is completely overrun by hasbarists. I have noticed that most stories on Yahoo! that mention Israel (or muslims) gets overrun by them. You can tell who the authors are by the anti-muslim hate-filled tripe that they spew.

    • CloakAndDagger
      February 19, 2013, 12:31 pm

      In contrast, the hasbarists in the comments section for this story on HuffPo aren’t faring quite as well. Not that I consider HuffPo as anything more than trash journalism.

      • kalithea
        February 19, 2013, 2:07 pm

        Did you notice how HP put the twitter by Al-Aqsa brigade threatening revenge front and center to neutralize the real story of the Palestinian child in the Zionist thug’s crosshairs? Its so freaking obvious how BIASDED HP IS.

    • kalithea
      February 19, 2013, 2:23 pm

      Sometimes the only way to get the message out on those biased sites is to link to this site and other sites where the truth gets told so that awareness grows among the masses. With all their moderation it’s futile to even comment, as the Zionist narrative and the operatives who control it are working overtime trying to suppress the truth.

  10. seafoid
    February 19, 2013, 12:26 pm

    It’s ironic that after so many years of the bots controlling the story it is Israeli soldiers and civilians who are now destroying it without even thinking.

    Like that girl who decorated a Lebanon bound missile with a message . The obvious thing to do.

  11. David Doppler
    February 19, 2013, 12:40 pm

    From time immemorial, old men have sent young soldiers into situations calling for armed violence. When youths “make light” of the situation, laughing at the idea of grossly inappropriate violence, it should surprise no one. I recall a Humphey Bogart movie, in which he’s a grunt in WWII taking aim from a foxhole, when someone says, “some of those Germans look like their fifteen.” “Bam” goes Bogart’s rifle, then, with a grin, he says, “well, he won’t be turning sixteen.” It’s the policy makers who set the situation up who should be held to account, yet, like Don Rumsfeld, they typically get to express outrage at their youthful charges for crossing some line. (“I didn’t know you could even take cameras into Abu Ghraib!”) What do you think all the Post Traumatic Stress is about? Wow, what the Hell did I do?

    • kalithea
      February 19, 2013, 2:17 pm

      The pervasive, racist mindset of Zionism is what colors all their actions from top to bottom. Zionists can’t contain their racist mindset behind the “air of respectability” afforded to them as the closest ally of the U.S.; and they can’t contain racist crimes behind a pretense at legitimacy, because the TRUTH cannot be contained or suppressed indefinitely.

      Like I stated on other occasions: THE JIG IS UP.

  12. kalithea
    February 19, 2013, 12:50 pm

    CNN just aired this story followed by Netanyahu’s ice cream budget where the anchors were laughing and joking right after presenting the piece about the Palestinian child in the Zionist’s crosshairs!

    What they tried to do is cover the damaging report with fluff. What a SHAMELESS example of journalism!

    • Kathleen
      February 19, 2013, 1:27 pm

      Racism alive and well on CNN

    • Kathleen
      February 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

      Ever see this one with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

      • kalithea
        February 19, 2013, 2:29 pm

        Bitzer should go back to the Jerusalem Post and resign his job as GATEKEEPER of Zionism at CNN.

      • Shingo
        February 19, 2013, 3:17 pm

        Amazing Clip Kathleen thanks.

      • Kathleen
        February 19, 2013, 3:20 pm

        You bet

  13. joer
    February 19, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Unfortunately, what is probably going to be more harmful to Israel’s image is not that an innocent boy is in danger of being murdered, but that IDF discipline is so shabby that a soldier took the photraph and shared it. The same dynamic was at work in the Abu Gharib story-the bigger scandal was that American soldiers photographed themselves torturing prisoners.

    • lysias
      February 19, 2013, 3:16 pm

      It’s pretty hard to prevent soldiers in a large army from taking such photos. When I was in Romanian class at the Defense Language Institute in 1969, the Romanian teachers told us how highly disciplined the Wehrmacht was while it was stationed in Romania before the invasion of Russia in June 1941. They never saw a German soldier in town. But, once the Wehrmacht got to Russia and proceeded to commit atrocities, soldiers of the Wehrmacht took plenty of photos of those atrocities. And those photos are now available for all the world to see.

      If the Wehrmacht couldn’t prevent this, what army can?

    • seafoid
      February 19, 2013, 4:12 pm

      When one third of IDF officers are either religious or settlers the proportion of decision makers in the Israeli army who are housetrained is obviously not going to be as high as it was back in the day.
      Religious soldiers are effectively non educated. All they know is Hatorah.

  14. Kathleen
    February 19, 2013, 1:26 pm

    “How long can it(New York Bloody Times) postpone that hour?” Well they have done more than postpone that hour they are one of the MSM outlets to block the truth about the conflict for decades.

  15. kalithea
    February 19, 2013, 1:33 pm

    First, THIS should be PHOTO OF THE YEAR and the prize should be worldwide BOYCOTT, CONDEMNATION and PROSECUTION of Israel and Zionism.

    This picture speaks a thousand words, nay, volumes. It is a microcosm of everything that Zionism is.

    First it tells us that Zionism is trying to erradicate the Palestinian seed and without any doubt Palestinians’ future.

    Second it tells us that ZIONISM IS RACIST at its core.

    Third it tells us that Zionism PRIMARILY resorts to VIOLENCE to expand and carry onward.

    Fourth it tells us that the Palestinian CHILD is the ultimate, singular Zionist TARGET and obsession excluding all else.



    This photo reflects Israel as the CRIMINAL STATE it is in breach of a multitude of International Laws beginning with abuse of the children of Palestine.


  16. marc b.
    February 19, 2013, 1:48 pm

    entirely consistent with IDF ‘values’. this is part of the evolution of military training, the psychology necessary to dehumanize the so-called enemy, blowing someone’s brains out being the equivalent of squashing a bug. and where are these psychopaths going when it all collapses? we’ve got enough of our own problems without importing the likes of mr. ostrovski to the states.

    • marc b.
      February 20, 2013, 9:10 am

      What if I told you police in your town could desensitize themselves to the idea of shooting a (armed) child, pregnant woman, or young mother, for just a couple of bucks? The “No More Hesitation” series from Law Enforcement Targets Inc. offers exactly that. For less than 99 cents per target, police can shoot at real-life images “designed to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training.”

      Update: The marketing team at Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. sends along this helpful explanation for the “No More Hesitation” series:

      “The subjects in NMH targets were chosen in order to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training. I found while speaking with officers and trainers in the law enforcement community that there is a hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition (one officer explaining that he enlarged photos of his own kids to use as targets so that he would not be caught off guard with such a drastically new experience while on duty). This hesitation time may be only seconds but that is not acceptable when officers are losing their lives in these same situations. The goal of NMH is to break that stereotype on the range, regardless of how slim the chances are of encountering a real life scenario that involves a child, pregnant woman, etc. If that initial hesitation time can be cut down due to range experience, the officer and community are better served.”

  17. kalithea
    February 19, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Regarding the second photo or Zionist porn if you wish. That image is interesting in that it accurately reflects the fate of Zionism. Here we have a Zionist who is pointing his rifle at himself thinking he’s being quite funny. Zionism and the fate of Zionism are perfectly represented in that photo as well.

    Zionism is PRECISELY in its own crosshairs.

  18. kalithea
    February 19, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Israel’s image is changing because the image is getting clearer.

    For years, Zionists tried to keep the image out of focus by controlling the narrative and suppressing the truth through different means.

    Israel is representative of crimes compounded: the obliteration of hundreds of Palestinian villages, the ethnic cleansing of over a million Palestinians, the creation of millions of refugees under racist right of return laws and the ongoing occupation, human rights abuses and continuing ethnic cleansing.

  19. mcohen
    February 19, 2013, 3:35 pm

    Ali Abunimah’s discovery of it.

    really-the same guy from the great gaza greta diasaster

    he discovered it

    palestinian hasbara at its finest-

    you can almost imagine the team sitting around the table -come on you guys keep the ball rolling-go go go …we got to keep the pr campaign going-come up with something,anything….olo

    only problem is the picture is a fake-its not a sniper rifle scope the- red parts are the give away

  20. DICKERSON3870
    February 19, 2013, 3:39 pm

    RE: “The Instagram photo posted by an Israeli soldier, of a
    Palestinian boy’s head in crosshairs, has now become an international scandal . . .”
    ~ Weiss & Horowitz

    SPEAKING OF ISRAELI SOLDIERS HAVING SOMEONE IN THE CROSSHAIRS, SEE: “1 Shot, 2 Kills” T-Shirt Showing Pregnant Woman With Bullseye On Her Belly Popular With Israeli Soldiers, Feminist Peace Network, 3/24/09

    In a blog post last week, I wrote that sexual assault in the U.S. military was effectively an intractable problem because rape and sexual assault have always been de-facto weapons of war. This isn’t just true in our military of course, in recent times the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Balkans provide gruesome examples that this is so.
    It is in that context that the recent report of violently misogynist and genocidal t-shirts being commissioned by Israeli soldiers, horrendous as it is, is hardly surprising. According to Haaretz,

    Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques – these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription “Better use Durex,” next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter’s T-shirt from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, “1 shot, 2 kills.” [post contains photo of shirt*] A “graduation” shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we’ll put an end to it.”
    There are also plenty of shirts with blatant sexual messages. For example, the Lavi battalion produced a shirt featuring a drawing of a soldier next to a young woman with bruises, and the slogan, “Bet you got raped!” A few of the images underscore actions whose existence the army officially denies – such as “confirming the kill” (shooting a bullet into an enemy victim’s head from close range, to ensure he is dead), or harming religious sites, or female or child non-combatants.
    The slogan “Let every Arab mother know that her son’s fate is in my hands!” had previously been banned for use on another infantry unit’s shirt. A Givati soldier said this week, however, that at the end of last year, his platoon printed up dozens of shirts, fleece jackets and pants bearing this slogan. . .


  21. FreddyV
    February 19, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I don’t want to be too controversial here, but does everyone understand that this image is heavily Photoshopped? There’s no way you can get that level of clarity in the surroundings and a clear shot in the sight?

    • Woody Tanaka
      February 20, 2013, 9:32 am

      “I don’t want to be too controversial here, but does everyone understand that this image is heavily Photoshopped? There’s no way you can get that level of clarity in the surroundings and a clear shot in the sight?”

      Sure you can. The image plane of a sniper scope is well behind the rear lens. There may be some adjustment for exposure, but I doubt even that. (If it IS someone who is Photoshopping, they’re very good, as you can see the upper left arc of the scoped image is sharp, while the lower left is slightly fuzzy, which is true to how the scope is set up, as the shot is not directly down the center of the scope, but is slightly offset.)

  22. a blah chick
    February 19, 2013, 5:31 pm

    “Ostrovski, who has closed his Instagram account, told the army he did not take the picture but found it on the internet.”

    I shudder at what the keywords for that search were.

  23. Mondowise
    February 19, 2013, 7:04 pm

    i’m very surprised nobody is considering the very real possibility that the soldier did in fact shoot and kill the boy who has since been missing from someone’s family. what real evidence is there that this child was NOT shot and killed? who says he wasn’t? Ali Abuminah? how would he know? and why would he not raise this specific concern himself, but instead says, “There are no other images to suggest that the photographer actually fired at the person in the image in this case,”…and then just leaves it at that ?

    so, because there are no further damaging images of the boy dead (which would indeed be an all-too-obvious egregious dereliction of so-called IOF ‘ethics’, so much so that the soldier would not likely ever post them) it means the boy wasn’t shot??? what kind of illogical reasoning is this other than a dangerous assumption taken as fact?

    put simply, we do NOT know if this boy was shot/killed or not, period! and if the soldier’s telling the truth that he found the photo online, we will never know the truth of the status of this boy. furthermore, not considering (and investigating) a possible tragic outcome for this child in this unbelievably violent situation depicted in the image only normalizes such wicked izraeli behavior even more….as if it typifies zionism’s darkness SOOOO much (which it does) that the rest of us, by almost expecting it, have hence unwittingly fallen into an apathetic complacency with it.

  24. bilal a
    February 19, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Not every one is unimprssed with Israel, anti Immigrant circles are applauding israel’s demographic restrictions on Africans and Arabs:

    “Whether the Israeli approach to reducing black fertility is written or unwritten, it seems to be working. The Ethiopian-Israeli fertility rate is said to have dropped by nearly 50 percent in the last decade.”

  25. Qualtrough
    February 19, 2013, 10:16 pm

    I am a bit surprised that the usual suspects have not shown up here yet to inform us that:
    1. It was not a child, it was a man.
    2. It was not just an ordinary man, it was someone about to place a bomb in a kindergarten.
    3. Even though the above means it is not really a big deal, taking a photo is not right and we acted quickly to punish the offender.
    4. The US treated the Indians far worse…

    Ad nauseum

  26. yourstruly
    February 20, 2013, 1:08 am

    a photo?

    of a palestinian boy?

    his head in the crosshairs of an idf sniper’s rifle?


    for all living beings?

    in those same crosshairs?

  27. mcohen
    February 20, 2013, 6:53 am

    well a king who wears a blackhat has lost his queen.his protection.he now stands before the black rock hands open ready to receive what fate has brought him.perhaps knight takes king

  28. atime forpeace
    February 20, 2013, 9:01 am

    Didn’t Israel start out like this? The irgun haganna and the other terrorist groups that were used to eliminate the Palestinian population, morally, what difference is there between the days of the irgun and haganna and the present Nation state?

    The lights are just now coming on and Israel is being seen more as it is and not as hasbullsh*t portrays it to be.

    Even the western press ( that bastion of pravda) can’t avoid reporting some of the news any longer.

  29. piotr
    February 20, 2013, 9:36 am

    Apparently, in USA you can purchase suitable posters for target practice.

  30. hophmi
    February 20, 2013, 9:52 am

    The story will last a day or so, and then everybody will forget about it. Soldiers do things like this; see the US in Iraq.

    No matter how many gotcha moments you think you may have, it will not overcome and cancel out pictures like these, nor the fact that the events that give rise to images like these are celebrated by Palestinians while the images you linked are condemned by Israeli society.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 20, 2013, 1:39 pm

      hophmi, have you seen the latest? lots of images: “Stoned, naked, armed and dangerous: more disturbing images from an Israeli soldier’s Instagram

      i think this will escalate not die down.

    • gamal
      February 22, 2013, 2:21 am

      “will not overcome and cancel out pictures like these, nor the fact that the events that give rise to images like these are celebrated by Palestinians while the images you linked are condemned by Israeli society. ”

      come now you are not claiming equality with Palestinians, surely, their acts of resistance should be celebrated by all, those genocidal acts of larceny committed by the Zionist movement and its junta should be condemned for what they are crimes, anyway you just posted news items i didnt see any celebrating, you just asserted that from profound knowledge of Palestinian Celebratory Behavior?

      I come from a place 2 hours drive from Gaza, not far from Tanta, we celebrate shit down to the bees that sting you, you have no friends here, powder dry and all that, because we are ready you know, the dire situation Zionism will face over the next decades is something everyone should celebrate, they aint going to be able to sell that white supremacy crap anywhere soon.

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