Israel: Boy in crosshairs photo angers

2013-02-19 14:01

Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier has provoked an outcry by publishing a photograph that appeared to show the back of a Palestinian boy's head seen through the crosshairs of a rifle.

Israel's army said on Tuesday it would hold an investigation into the conduct of the soldier, who posted the picture on the online photo-sharing website Instagram.

Israeli media identified the soldier as a 20-year-old conscript serving in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian officials, who want the West Bank as part of a future state, condemned the publication of the photograph, saying it showed Israeli forces believed they could act with impunity.

"Every Palestinian mother is concerned for her child ... because of the picture that is now known and seen worldwide," said Palestinian government spokesperson Nour Odeh on Tuesday.

It was not possible to verify independently whether the photo was taken in the West Bank - territory Israel captured in a 1967 war - or whether the person in it was Palestinian.

The Israeli military said the soldier's commanders had been notified and the issue would be dealt with.

"The picture in question does not coincide with IDF's [Israeli Defence Forces] values or code of ethics," the military said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers have been sentenced to jail time in the past for posting images of themselves posing beside Palestinian detainees.

  • khabir.hoosen - 2013-02-19 14:28

    The usual crap!

  • johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-19 15:05

    And that is why intelligent guys become officers and the rest stay soldiers.

      attie.stone.3 - 2013-02-19 18:34


  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-20 00:30

    Editor. To delete my comments directed to this Fidel,is dumb and stupid , and one wonders if you have any clue what your comment policy is about. We all know Fidel, is our resident bullsh.tter, whose only passion in life is, to spew out anti Western HATRED 24/7 I merely pointed out her arrogance and hyprocrcy by having a cadenza, about ONE Palestinian boy. For the last 24 months she has not only ignored, the plight of TENS OF THOUSANDS of Syrian children, but actually encourages this assad monster, to arrest, beaten up, torture, rape and KILL Syrian children! And than when she comes and tells us, how tough she has had it under apartheid, and even burned her little fingers, she litteraly makes me puke !! Because this is the same person, who supports apartheid style police and army , AND MUCH WORSE,in dictatorships. If I am not allowed to point this out, than I don't have much further interterst in contributing to your comment site. It is YOU, who have chased away so many fromm this site, and have turned this into an uninteresting and rather boooooring site, where there are a few die hards left to comment!! But don't despair, we will not all leave you.....Fidel and Patrick will remain, for that is their mission in life to BC===Bullsh.t and Confuse !!!! and of course spread HATRED !!!!! Finally, the only thing left for me to say to you is; f... you !!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-20 08:18

      You are weeping too much, you tosser.......

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-20 08:52

      If there was censure for writing the same bone-headed comments time after time, without bothering to pay attention to other things happening in the discussion, and without making the slightest intellectual effort to entertain other ideas that are batted back and forth, you would surely earn it.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-20 05:50

    . It is totally amazing , that the likes of Fidel, who don't have the support of more than .5 % ( less than half of one percent )of the SA population, have been allowed to hijack these political comment sites. It shows a total lack of professionalism on the side of the editors !!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-20 08:20, so show me where the dissent corner is so I can go stand there and never get in the way of the circle-jerk! What a muppet!

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-20 11:21

      Well at least you did not try to criticise anyone's grammar this time. Well done Bones!

  • themba.mazibuko.7587 - 2013-02-22 15:44

    An honest person would suggest that the boy in the cross hairs was an Israeli boy in the cross hairs of the palestinian snipers because thats exactly what used to happen before the wall was erected. Innocent people were sniped from hamas and other islamist militia.

  • bram.camina - 2013-02-26 13:41

    "What a muppet!" Fidel, thank you! You made my day! That is HYSTERICAL!

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