So an Israeli soldier posts photos of herself hanging out with Palestinian prisoners, up on Facebook. Wait, why am I overcome with an overwhelming sense of deja vu? Eden Abergil, posted them on her Facebook account under an album titled “The Armyâ€¦ the most beautiful time of my life :)”
I mean, come on. Doesn’t the Israel have better uses for Facebook to deal with?
Here’s what she had to say about the erupting controversy: “I still don’t understand what’s wrong…the pictures were taken in good will, there was no statement in them.” [source]
That has to be the quote of the year.
She went on to say:
“There’s no violence or intention to humiliate anyone in the pictures. I just had my picture taken with them in the background. I did it out of excitement, to remember the experience. It wasn’t a political statement or any kind of statement. It was about remembering my experiences in the army and that’s it.”
So when you’re an excited Israeli soldier (who’s not trigger happy at the moment and happens to have a digital camera around) you first instinct is to take pictures next to blindfolded and bound prisoners as a way to “remember the experience”? Seriously?
Many were shocked at the images while some found them amusing. “You’re super sexy here,” one of her friends wrote. Eden responded, “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.” [source]
What is perhaps even more interesting about this controversy is that the international media is deeming it a controversy at all. In the context of this conflict, and with all the well documented barbaric acts of the Israeli occupational force, why is a girl taking a picture next to bound prisoners all that important? I’m essentially re-framing the very idiotic question Abergil posted in her own defense, but merely contextually. A simple Google search will yield unending results of Israeli acts on Palestinian lives, images that are simply haunting. And yet, this is what gets the media machine talking? It would definitely be interesting to analyze simply why this is so appealing to mass media? Is it the Facebook element? The digital, viral element? Is it a “caught red-handed” moment?
I mean, sure, this doesn’t look good. But seriously, I think Israel has been caught doing much worse things in the past.
Remember the time they illegally bordered those boats and shot a few activists?
Or the time they bombed that city back to the stone age using illegal weapons and killing mostly civilians?
Or the time they tried to cut a tree down?