This week both the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and the New York Times, among other media outlets, reported that former Israeli soldier Eden Abergil posted photos to her Facebook account "of herself posing next to blindfolded Palestinian detainees." (Others in the Israeli Army have posed with dead bodies in a similar way in the past). The only response worthy of a human being and of a civilized society to such a callous act is a denunciation. Fortunately we have many...
[A]n Israeli military spokesman denounced Ms. Abergil’s snapshots as "base and crude."
These terrible photographs reflect a norm in the way Palestinians are viewed, as an object and not as humans. It is an attitude that ignores their feelings as humans and their individual rights.
Ms. Abergil's response is, as of today, “I still don’t understand what’s wrong”.
—Ishai Menuchin, Israel’s Public Committee Against Torture (New York Times, Israeli Ex-Soldier Defends Her Facebook Snapshots, August 17, 2010)
The best —and intentionally ironic— response is from a reader Hanna in the NY Times's The Lede blog:
I still don’t understand what’s wrong”
The Lede blog gives two options to the reader: "Recommend" or "Report as inappropriate." Hopefully Hanna's comments will be the occasion to add a third option: "Report as appropriate".
Her parents must be so proud. Truly, people are being raised like animals these days, with no sense of right or wrong, no respect for seriousness or dignity. Shameful.
Let's make this incident an occasion to be sure that our moral conscience is not being eclipsed; that we can always both recognize and choose the good.