‘Dancing Israeli soldier’ video: "When I saw it, I realised with a shock that I was the victim"

A young Palestinan woman who spent two years in an Israeli prison says she is the blindfolded victim shown in a video of an Israeli soldier dancing around a female prisoner that has gone viral in recent weeks.

The video was posted on YouTube before being aired by Israel's channel 10 and the Arabic news channel Al Jazeera on October 5.

The Israeli military police issued a statement saying it was investigating the incident, and military spokespeople stressed that cases like these were isolated incidents that “are not representative of the Israeli army as a whole”. Less than two months ago, a similar scandal was sparked after a female Israeli officer published a photo of herself posing in front of bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners on her Facebook page.

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“I had heard the sound of a camera turning on, but I thought they were filming each other, not me”

Ihsan Dababseh, 35, says she recognised herself as the blindfolded woman on the video after it was aired on television, but did not know at the time that she was being filmed. In 2009, she was released from an Israeli prison where she was detained for two years. We were put in touch with her by the Hebron Club of Palestinian prisoners.
I was arrested on December 11, 2007 at a checkpoint between Hebron and Bethlehem – supposedly on charges of murdering a soldier, but in reality because the Israelis knew that I was a member of the Islamic Jihad [an armed Palesinian group].
A group of about ten soldiers brought me to the Etzion detention centre, where I was held in an interrogation cell. I was questioned for four hours, then brought out to the courtyard. I was blindfolded and my hands were tied, but if I lifted my chin I could distinguish a little of what was going on around me.
 
The soldiers were eating, drinking and laughing all around me. At one point, I heard music. Although I couldn’t see clearly, I realised they had started dancing while I was facing the wall. I also heard the sound of a camera turning on, but I thought they were filming each other, not me. An hour later, I was interrogated for a second time before being transferred to the Hasharon prison, where I was locked in an isolated cell for three days. I was then put on trial and sentenced to two years in prison.
 
I was watching television with my family when the video was aired. When I saw it, I realised with a shock that the blindfolded woman was me. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The next day, I contacted the Palestinian Prisoner Club and the Committee Against Torture [in the West Bank]. We have filed a lawsuit to bring these soldiers to justice. I hope that the proceedings will come to something, but honestly, I’m not very optimistic. This isn’t the first time that such acts have been brought to justice, and the soldiers are usually suspended for a few days at most. 
 
Ihsan Dababseh with d’Amjad Annajar, le the director of the Hebron branch of the Palestinian Prisoner Club.
 
 
Ihsan Dababseh with her lawyer

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Thank goodness for blindfolds...

If that's the best he can dance I would want to have a blindfold on as well!!

Oh Come On...

Ihsan admitted to being a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. This is a recognized radical terrorist organization that advocates the destruction of Israel through violent means. Their's is an ideological war -- the worse kind. They are not fighting for territory, but simply to remove Israel from the Middle East altogether. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has continually rejected any arrangement where Palestine and Israel could coexist peaceably. With that being understood, I have a hard time really believing that she would seriously be emotionally distraught by some stupid soldier dancing like an idiot, even if it was to taunt her (blindfolded nonetheless!). What about the PIJ's use of suicide and car bombings in the past? If you're going to be distraught, then why not be uncomfortable with that? But bad dancing as a form of torture? Really? And as another poster observed, there is no way in the world anyone could be identified as the prisoner with the blindfold and all. Just a silly story to try to gain sympathy. I have no sympathy for a terrorist.

Re oh come on

That is exactly what I said when it came to my knowledge what Jews suffered under the Romans, Spanish inquisition, and Hitler. Come on, why these Jews are always crying....they say : we are the victims of the whole world, we need to occupy someone's land so that we are left alone. Come on get a grip and stop crying. Leave the palestinians alone before it is too late. Come on.

YOU come on

Israelies are a bunch of savage and brutal beasts,they have occupied the lands and killed many,their excuse is a big lie called holocaust,well if the jews were killed they were killed in eaurope not in the middle east your souls can be blindfolded for ever but as any other big predictions such as the twin towers mit has been said that israel will be wiped out of the universe,hope this f.....cking beast will pay the price soon,cowars

Amen to that

Amen to that

well,the muslims killed more

well,the muslims killed more and in a barbaric way.the arabs kill innocent people while jews only kill islamic militants.

But Mrs. Dababseh....

I'm not sure how you see this as torture as it looked like a soldier monkeying around to me. Now if you want to discuss 'real' torture, you may want to contact Mr. & Mrs. Shalit whose son, Gilad was kidnapped and has been held incommunicado for almost 4 years by your pals in Hamas.
You said: "I was arrested on December 11, 2007 at a checkpoint between Hebron and Bethlehem – supposedly on charges of murdering a soldier, but in reality because the Israelis knew that I was a member of the Islamic Jihad". [an armed Palesinian group]. So Mrs. Dababseh, what does your group do with an Israeli who has the good fortune to fall into your hands, sing them a lullaby? No, I didn't think so. Your story smacks of the 'victim' mentality that is approaching Oscar levels of a caliber we in the West generally pay pots of money to see in a theater. But we can't pay you for your performance as we have already been fleeced and taxed to death on behalf of those starving palistinians we hear so much about. Those would be the same hungry people who dine at Roots in Gaza, shop at the now famous Mall, and then while away the afternoon in that Olympic sized pool to cool their aching heels. Ah capitalism, where would you be without it Mrs. Dababseh?

Zionism

Zionism is the real issue. When the world put an end to this virus. everyone will have peace. The holocaust was a jewish myth to scare the world into submission. Now they are using the same tactic to scare the world from the arabs and muslims.

Islam.

Foolish boy. Stop drinking the Cool-Aid, start reading books and put aside the comics. Try dating an actual woman and make an effort to co-exist in the 21St, century amongst those of us in the West who must suffer your presence. Contrary to what you think, we in the West believe Islam is the problem. We see many of you as malcontents who will never be happy, with or without the presence of that very successful country, Israel. After all, just what is it the muslim world has done for the world lately? As for Israel trying to scare the world against arabs\muslims, they don't even have to try, as you muslims manage to do that all on your own

Hypocrisy at its best

This is just another attempt by the Palestinians to gain sympathy for their land stealing, terrorist cause.
If the roles were reversed, and the Israeli soldier was captive, the video would be of torture.

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