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Israeli soldier's Facebook photos: Who's right, the IDF or Abergil?

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(Read caption) In this undated photo, originally posted on a Facebook page belonging to Eden Abergil, and taken from the Israeli blog site sachim.tumblr.com, an Israeli army soldier poses in front of blindfolded men identified in the Israeli media as Palestinian prisoners.

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Former Israeli soldier Eden Abergil touched off a storm of criticism in the Middle East this week after she posted Facebook photos of her mugging in front of bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainees.

An Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman described the photos as "base and crude," but Ms. Abergil and her friends seem to have gotten a kick out of the pictures before she says she took them down, sometime in the past 24 hours. When one of her friends wrote "that looks really sexy" of a picture of her posed in front of two Palestinian prisoners, Abergil responded: "I wonder if he is on Facebook, too – I'll have to tag him in the photo." She has defended herself in the Israeli press, telling Army Radio that the pictures were just "souvenirs."

So who's right here, the IDF spokesman or Abergil? As it happens, they both could be.

 

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