This 2008 YouTube video documenting a deranged IDF soldier belly-dancing in front of a blind-folded, bound Palestinian woman shows that the Israeli army definitely needs to exploit such branding opportunities and create a YouTube channel featuring more of such distinctive aberrant behavior. Though I err is saying the behavior is aberrant. The more of these Facebook pictures and YouTube videos we find the more we realize this behavior is almost normative.
You can be damned sure this video is already making its way across the Islamist world and that scores of new adherents have been recruited as a result. Who says that the lack of a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict doesn’t fuel radical Islam and terror? Of course it does. This video is a perfect example. Imagine yourself a member of a society in which such sexual insult is considered a killing offense, in which it induces crazed hatred for the perpetrator. That’s what you have here. It’s as bad or worse than Abu Graibh because here a devout Mulism woman is sexually degraded before the camera. And some idiot IDF soldier thought this was humorous and should show the world. Excuse me while I am sick. And this isn’t just a physical sickness, it’s a soul sickness as well. I am disgusted and sickened by this.
This being said, I don’t blame the slimy soldier who did this so much as the system itself. Given the Occupation and its norms, these acts are to be expected. Even the finest Israeli soldier might fall prey to such power-mad abuse in the right circumstances. The key thing to remember is that Occupation corrupts and absolute Occupation corrupts absolutely.
As I wrote in an earlier post about a similar incident, I ask anyone watching this who supports the Occupation or current Israeli policy: how can you do so?
Dimi Reider [correction: my apologies Dimi for getting your first name wrong…again!] has written about this the most eloquently:
One thing you can’t say about our army is that it ever rests on its laurels. Having first rattled its fans with the Hebron dancing video, and then rocked them with a soldier girl’s posing with Palestinian prisoners bound to accompany her on “the best time of her life,” the boys in green now introduce an integrated product. Yes, it has a woman. Yes, it has soldiers. But now the woman is Palestinian, tied up, and the soldiers are dancing a belly dance in front of her, rubbing their superior force and, according to “friends” of Israel, superior morals, in her face. Pretty literally.
…The woman is religious, which makes the humiliation all the worse; forget also the obvious point about these soldiers being powerdrunk kids with guns raised in a violent conflict.
Two points: First, this video finally debunks one of the most persistent Israeli myths – that ours is the only occupying army in history that does not sexually abuse the women of the occupied nation. Second, its about as stark proof as it gets that the IDF cannot…monitor itself (if it could, the soldiers would be in prison, de-ranked and de-mobbed before the video even hit the web). We need international law tribunals to rout out the cancer of impunity – and at least so long as we don’t have truth and reconciliation committees, this applies to everyone, from corporal to chief of staff and defense ministers. To borrow from said boys in green, deterrence must become a top priority.