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article imageOp-Ed: 'Oops…one less Arab': More disturbing images from IDF soldiers

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By Anne Sewell     Feb 25, 2013 in World
Recently an image was found on Instagram, showing a Palestinian boy in the cross hairs of a rifle. The photo caused a huge public outcry, and bloggers began searching for more. They found plenty.
Digital Journal reported on the image discovered on Instagram, where an IDF sniper caught a Palestinian boy in the cross hairs of his rifle.
The image caused outrage, and has triggered an online search for more disturbing photos, showing IDF soldiers enjoying dominance over Palestinians in the occupied territories.
It seems that there were plenty to be found. While the accounts has since been deleted by Instagram, the photos remain in the media.
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, has now published a series of the even more disturbing images found on the social media.
Among the Instagram users who seem to have served in the IDF, 'ybaruch' stands out. He claims to be 21 years old and says he is “retired operations sergeant at the Israeli army, now just a student." He reportedly took part in frequent night raids and armed attacks on Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank.
Included among his total of 144 images is a photo of an Israeli soldier, playing a "card game" with Palestinian IDs at a military checkpoint.
T-shirt reading  “My first bullet  his last breath.” Posted by “ybaruch” on Instagram.
T-shirt reading, “My first bullet, his last breath.” Posted by “ybaruch” on Instagram.
Electronic Intifada (fair use)
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On another photo, the Hebrew words, "My first bullet, his last breath" were emblazoned on the t-shirt of an Israeli soldier. Another showed a turned-over car with the caption, “Oops … one less Arab. Let’s see if he’ll try to escape from us again.”
Israeli army Kfir Brigade member Eliya Hatan on 4 November 2012 posted an image on Instagram of two Palestinians caught in the cross hairs of an IDF rifle.
Yet another Instagram user, “dk_1988_” gives his age as 24. He posted 105 images to his account which appear to indicate that he is a member of the Israeli "Border Guard", which is a paramilitary unit responsible for regular violence against Palestinian civilians.
Among his images was a photo of Palestinian men with their hands up with the caption, "Don't fuc* with the Israeli army!!!"
Abunimah says that such images "show the abuse of power and reveal the level of contempt the IDF soldiers have towards Palestinians."
Many more of these images can be viewed on Abunimah's blog.
An investigation has already been launched over the Instagram photo of a Palestinian boy made through his weapons sight, and uploaded by Israeli soldier Mor Ostrovski.
Hopefully further investigations will now be launched by the IDF into the other bragging, contemptuous and totally heartless images found online.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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