18 Feb 2013

Israeli sniper posts photo of child in crosshairs

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."
Before the account was taken down, Abuminah posted other photos from Ostrovski's account that showed him in his olive green uniform holding a variety of weapons, including a sniper rifle.
Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, told ABC News that Ostrovski told his commander on Saturday that he had not taken the photo himself but that he'd taken it off the internet. No disciplinary action will be taken.
"The picture in question does not coincide with IDF's values or code of ethics," the spokesman added in an e-mailed statement.
The uproar over the photo follows another posted by an Israeli infantryman on Facebook around a week ago. In it, he mocked the four Palestinian prisoners he was guarding by posing bound and blindfolded next to them. He was sentenced to 14 days detention after the brigade's commanders discovered the photo and ordered it taken down.
"Before the investigation began, it was discovered that the soldier was already judged by his commanders," Buchman said in a statement. "Since the documented offense isn't criminal and since the legal procedure conducted by the soldier's commanding officer was found appropriate, a disciplinary action was decided to be sufficient."
The IDF is active on social networking, disseminating statements on Twitter and Facebook and photos on Flickr and Instagram. But individual soldiers using social media have a history of getting the Israeli military into trouble.
In November, the head of the IDF spokesperson's social media unit landed in hot water after he posted a photo on Facebook with mud on his face, captioned "Obama style." In 2010, a reservist named Eden Abergil sparked outrage after posting pictures with blindfolded Palestinian prisoners. She told Israeli Army radio she didn't understood what she did wrong, but the IDF called the photos "shameful behavior."


  1. It's one incident after another. The IDF has no control over it's infantrymen and women. No one gets punished for breaking the rules. All this tells me that if the IDF ever gets into a prolonged ground war, they're gonna lose. The soldiers have no respect for their superiors and they act like a bunch of spoiled brats. Don't come calling on the US to fight your wars anymore... we're done. They call you the "chosen" people 'cuz your always choosing other people to fight your battles. Time to put the big boy pants on and stop acting like victims.

  2. Ur comments here above are too light in reference to these Bastards ... Say it the way it should be said ... Israel is nothing but a bunch of Cowards, Hypocrites, low life users,
    Manipulators & 2 faced SOB who have / are stealing the very life of the world ... ! You of all People have lost ... time will surely put you all where you really belong .. dont blame Hitler for things he hasn t done ( as History portrays him ) you & other Fucken Governments are the real criminals .. history is so wrong but thats the way you want it to be for the assholes who still believe your distorted facts ... ! Get off their Land you animals ... Yes you the worms who mock Jesus .. have you NO SHAME .. DON T U KNOW
    ONE DAY YOUR JUDGEMENT will B UPON YOU ... YEAH GO AHEAD & KEEP STEALING THEIR LAND .. YOU ARE THE ENEMIES THE TERRORISTS OF THE FREE WORLD & AS A LAST WORD MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU ON YOUR DEATH BEDS ... Holocaust Yeah right U have manipulated your own people to believe such distorted facts .. throughout all your history you have distorted everything & used every trick in your book to have them believe you .. !
    Ps: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't
    exist. So Tell me what other news do U have to pull besides 911 ... Iran ?
    When will u b man enough to go do your own wars ... ? Obama he won the
    elections what a Joke & dishonest Man he turned out to be ... God Help Him
    Money talks & BS walks ... well bravo for him the stupid Ppl ( well some stupid
    Ppl ) I should say have Him for a second term ... thanks for allowing this to
    happen .. Like all the rest of your past Presidents He too is just one of the
    boys in the the Great Game to come along ... ! Aren't you guys tired & when
    is the Game going to end .. ? Ahhh Yeah than there is the Ultimate fact
    besides everything else on the table "Depopulation" ... Wow !
    Stay tuned People of America your loving Government is just warming up to the
    NWO .. ! What fucken more do u want .. yes I' m talking to you behind closed
    doors ... The "Money Changers" ..... You know who you are & who controls All !