These photos were taken by a young female Israeli soldier. They were posted on Facebook in an album titled "IDF...The best time of my life :)".
The photos were posted by Eden Abergil, a young Israeli woman who finished her military service over a year ago. They show the uniformed officer smiling and posing next to bound and blindfolded Palestinian men.
The pictures have raised a huge storm on the Internet after being picked up by the Israeli blog Sachim. The comments on Facebook published below the picture sparked extra outrage: "Eden, he’s got a hard-on for you...lol!" wrote one of her girlfriends, while Eden joked that she wondered if the prisoner "has Facebook" so she could "tag" him.
The Israeli army issued a statement calling Abergil’s behaviour "ugly and callous", adding that "details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command".
All Israeli citizens aged 18 and over must complete an 18-month-long military service. Only married, pregnant, religious, or disabled women are exempted.
Lisa Goldman is a blogger and freelance journalist in Tel Aviv.
If she had posted the photos during her military service, she would now be in big trouble with the IDF. But now that she’s been discharged, she’s just an ordinary citizen. The army can’t do anything. Eden didn’t even take the photos off her Facebook page after the scandal broke out, she just changed her privacy settings. But there’s going to be a lot of noise around this story".