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Is this picture "shameful" ?

Mark Sandell Mark Sandell | 10:19 UK time, Tuesday, 17 August 2010

facebooksoldier.jpgThis is former Israeli soldier Eden Aberjil posing in front of Palestinian prisoners. It's from her Facebook page under the heading ;

"The army: the best days of my life".

Army officials prefer to call the snaps "shameful" and say they'll investigate.

Now, Ms Aberjil isn't a serving soldier any more, and her pictures show no signs of abuse, so many people are arguing that this is a fuss about nothing.

Palestinian groups have called the images "humiliating " and revealed "the mentality of the occupier"

Twitter is alive with people angry at her photos and plenty in support too- most of them not printable here....and the woman at the centre of the story told Israeli radio today :

"I still don't understand what was wrong, It was solely to show the experience of military service,"

and she says she certainly wasn't making a politicval statement or demonstrating contempt for Palestinians.

She has since taken the pictures down but one of her friends posted :

"You are most sexy like that " and, referring to one of the prisoners, wrote : ""I wonder if he is on Facebook?! I must tag him in the photograph."

So is this yet another web stormin a tea cup ? or does it show that something else is going on ? Is "shameful" the right word to describe the photos or simply "thoughtless" ?

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