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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-16-11 03:27 PM
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Israel won't investigate IDF soldier photographed next to bound Palestinians
While the deputy state prosecutor says Eden Aberjil's actions do not justify criminal proceedings, he will launch criminal investigations into two other IDF soldiers over footage of controversial behavior.
By Tomer Zarchin

Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan decided Thursday not to launch a criminal investigation against former Israel Defense Forces soldier Eden Aberjil, who in 2010 photographed herself standing next to tied up Palestinian detainees. Instead, he ordered an investigation against another two soldiers.

The first of the IDF soldiers to be investigated was pictured pointing a rifle at a bound and blindfolded detainee who stood beside him. The other soldier to be investigated filmed a video of himself dancing to music around a tied-up and blindfolded Palestinian woman. Both photographs and the video were posted on Facebook.

Nitzan said Aberjil's photographs, which stirred up a storm around the world, are shameful, yet they do not justify criminal proceedings, only disciplinary ones. "Since military law does not apply to Eden Aberjil, it is not possible to take disciplinary measures against her nor are criminal proceedings justified," said Nitzan. Aberjil was discharged from the IDF in 2009.

Nitzan called on the military authorities to strengthen military law enforcement by educational means and by introducing harsher penalties.

After Aberji's photographs were revealed, she said she "still doesn't understand what was wrong." The photographs were uploaded to Facebook with the title "The army: the best time of my life." "It was an innocent photograph," she said. "There was no statement in the picture."

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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-16-11 03:52 PM
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1. Requiers a third context.
Edited on Thu Jun-16-11 03:53 PM by RandomThoughts
For instance, the smear merchants that use smear outside of persepective, paparatizi and gossip magazines, that are used to distort and hurt someone for a political motive. That is wrong.

Compare that to pictures of use of torture, like Abu Grabi. That is transparency to stop a wrong.

Torturing people with humilation, fear, and many other things needs to be stopped, and should be shown if it can not be stopped by a system that lets people know what there leaders are doing to hurt many people outside of the legal justice system they say they support

Showing a picture of someone not hurting someone, in a private situation to humiliate them and remove them, is not the same as transparency of wrongs of society, that is the wrong of society, in the same way the torture camps are wrong.

There is a difference you have to be able to see.


Abu Grabi

Action of torture (wrong)
Picture (evidence)
Showing picture (transparency to correct the problem, of tortures that are breaking laws)

Smear, paparazzi, gossip
Action private does not harm (within perspective, not that wrong)
Picture (dumb but not anyone business)
Showing Picture (torture to use humiliation out of perspective for political gain.)
Explaining this (evidence, and transparency of how some want society ran)
Getting people to understand the difference (Trying to show them what not to use to try and decide who should run society)

Some people would correlate the comparison of the Abu Grabi Picture as what is wrong, not what is being done in the picture, and how that is the wrong being corrected by the picture.

In a smear or gossip out of perspective, it is the showing of the picture that is wrong, becuase it is nobodies business what is in the picture. Then showing that it is nobodies business, and understanding why, by a looking at harm done or not done, is the transparency making the smear merchants wrong. not someone not hurting people.

It requires a third component, and what that is is dependent mostly on the knife in your head.

Some think the pictures of Abu Grabi are the problem. Some think those showing them are the problem, I think it is clear that the action done or allowed done and people not knowing what was being done, was and is the problem.

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