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‘My first bullet, his last breath’: Instagram reveals dark side of Israeli army (PHOTOS)

Published time: February 23, 2013 15:21
Edited time: February 25, 2013 14:01
Image from instagram.com user@eliya_hatan

Image from instagram.com user@eliya_hatan

Disturbing photos that show IDF soldiers enjoying their dominance over Palestinians in the occupied territories have caused a huge public outcry. They also triggered an online search for more such content posted by Israeli troops in social media.

Days after the infamous picture of a Palestinian boy in the crosshairs of a rifle went viral on the web, similar photos made by Israeli troops in the West Bank have been discovered on Instagram by bloggers.

Several Instagram users who appear to have served in the IDF have posted galleries of photos, showing Israeli soldiers posing with weaponry, detaining Palestinians and raiding homes at night, which are accompanied by rousing tags or commentary.

Instagram user ‘ybaruch’ claims to be 21 years old, describing himself as a “retired operations sergeant at the Israeli army, now just a student.”

Image from instagram.com user@ybaruch


Among the 144 images he uploaded on his page, there’s a photo showing an Israeli soldier playing a “card game” using Palestinian IDs at one of the military checkpoints.

Image from instagram.com user@ybaruch


There’s an Israeli troop posing in a t-shirt, which says “My first bullet, his last breath” in Hebrew on another photo, while the image of a turned over car is followed by a caption: “Oops … one less Arab. Let’s see if he’ll try to escape from us again.”

Image from instagram.com user@ybaruch

Image from instagram.com user@ybaruch


Some more provokative pictures can be seen on the page of another Israeli soldier, ‘Orif Binder’, who posted an image of an obscene gesture towards Palestinian flag with the words “Hamas Patrol” written on it.

Image from instagram.com user@ofirbinder


Another user ‘dk_1988_,’ who appears to have been a border guard, has uploaded a photo of detained Palestinians, which is followed by a caption: “Don’t fuc* with the Israeli army!”

Image from instagram.com user@dk_1988_


Such images show the abuse of power and reveal the level of contempt the IDF soldiers have towards Palestinians, the Electronic Intifada blogger Ali Abunimah said, commenting on them in his post.

The IDF has already launched an investigation over an Instagram picture of a Palestinian boy made through his weapons sight, which an Israeli soldier Mor Ostrovski uploaded.

This is hardly the first scandal to have gripped the IDF. In 2010 a former Israeli soldier Eden Abergil, who posted photos on Facebook, in which she was shown posing next to handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees, sparked outcry. The woman has since dismissed any criticism of her actions, and her smiling photos went viral.


Comments (5)

Anonymous user 02.04.2013 22:48

the whole world is sleeping............ ....

Anonymous user 23.03.2013 16:43

If i see any israeli in Europe - ill treat just like they treat palestinians.

Anonymous user 19.03.2013 00:12

I hope another Hitler is born.

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