IDF: Facebook army photos 'base and crude'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010
Eden Abergil

Eden Abergil

The Israeli army has condemned a former soldier who posted photographs of herself with a blindfolded Palestinian on Facebook.

Eden Abergil has claimed she does not understand what she did wrong, but an IDF spokesman called her behaviour “base and crude”.

The spokesman added: "These actions are ugly and callous; details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command."

Israeli human rights organisations have also criticised Ms Abergil’s actions.

The Ashdod resident, who left the Israeli army under normal circumstances in 2009, uploaded an album labelled "IDF – the best time of my life" to the social networking site.

The pictures, now removed from her Facebook page, show Ms Abergil in uniform beside handcuffed and blindfolded detainees.

Below one of the photographs she had "joked": "I wonder if he is on Facebook too – I'll have to tag him in the photo."

Ms Abergil has since explained her actions.

She said: "There's no violence or intention to humiliate anyone in the pictures. I just had my picture taken with them in the background.

“It wasn't a political statement or any kind of statement.

Watch a video of the IDF responding to the controversy here

Last updated: 1:38pm, August 17 2010