Yediot Achronot reports that IDF soldiers who took photos in which they gleefully gave a blindfolded Palestinian detainee the finger (two extended middle fingers, precisely) and brandished a loaded weapons in his face will get a five month prison sentence.
I find it strange that the military prosecutor should almost apologize for the prosecution by saying it was forced to do so by the “moral siege” under which Israel currently finds itself in the aftermath of the Goldstone Report. It’s as if they’re saying that ordinarily this wouldn’t even be considered offensive enough to prosecute. The article also notes that the pressure of “world opinion” motivates the case as well in the eyes of the prosecutor.
For some reason, Yediot’s current article on the prison sentence entirely omits that the soldiers gave the detainee the finger and displays a photo in which a soldier points a loaded weapon at the prisoner but doesn’t give him the finger, which has the effect of further softening the offense.
The article also claims that the detainee testified that he was not harmed by the soldiers, while Channel 2 TV news interviewed the detainee who recounted that the soldiers abused him by laughing at him. Yediot appears to be pulling punches in a misguided effort to protect the honor of the IDF.
If anyone has seen an unblurred version of this photo please let me know. These people should be fully exposed and identified.