Israeli Soldier Posts Instagram Photo of Palestinian Child in Crosshairs

Electronic Intifada with the backstory:

This disturbing image shows the back of the head of a child or young man as seen in the crosshairs of a rifle. The photo was posted on the personal Instagram account of Mor Ostrovski, a 20-year old Israeli soldier in a sniper unit.

The context – particularly the character of the buildings seen in the background of the image – strongly suggests the child could be Palestinian.

There are no other images to suggest that the photographer actually fired at the person in the image in this case. The image is simply tasteless and dehumanizing. It embodies the idea that Palestinian children are targets.

It reminded me of a chilling account another Israeli soldier gave to the group Breaking the Silence about how Israeli soldiers in Nablus in 2006-2007 would deliberately fire at children, sometimes using live ammunition and sometimes rubber-coated steel bullets:

Where do you aim? Do you choose some kid at random?
Yes. Choose someone, aim at his body.
Center of mass.
10 meters’ range at the center of mass?
I remember one time we put a kid down. We didn’t kill him but someone hit the kid in the chest and he fell and probably lost consciousness, or at least, it was pretty close. About 10 meters.

The Israeli army has called this “a severe incident,” promising it “will be examined and properly handled.”

Somehow I’m doubtful. Palestinian children are frequently shot and killed by Israeli soldiers. In fact, such an incident is what ultimately led to the 2012 November-December Israeli assault on Gaza. In the days leading up to the pummeling of Gazans that winter, Israeli forces shot and killed 23 year old Ahmad Nabhani for daring to “approach the border fence with Israel.” According to at least one account, Nabhani was mentally challenged.

Three days later, Israeli forces shot and killed a 13-year old boy who was reportedly playing soccer near his home.

Just one month ago, the IDF shot a 16-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank in the back as he was retreating and killed him.  His name was Samir Awad. The IDF claimed Awad tried to breach the separation barrier Israel has built to help fortify their system of apartheid and land theft. However, Ayeed Mora, a member of the Budrus Popular Committee, told Haaretz at the time “that near the separation barrier that Israel built, IDF soldiers ambushed the youths and opened fire. There was no just cause to open fire, he asserts.”

What the Instagram picture represents is, unfortunately, an ordinary facet of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dehumanization of “the other” is so deep and so pervasive, and the Israeli system of domination and abuse is so permeating, that horrors like this seem routine.

As one member of the Israeli veteran group Breaking the Silence wrote: “This is what occupation looks like. This is what military control over a civilian population looks like.”

34 thoughts on “Israeli Soldier Posts Instagram Photo of Palestinian Child in Crosshairs”

  1. This is simply sick.., these people are sick.., mentally sick as those solders who urinated on the killed Afghanis. No human in his or her sane mind would do that.., this is simply an act of disrespect for mankind.., not knowing or having any feelings for humans.., like animals or savages who don't have any respect for human. Then again.., give a man a uniform and gun.., tell them lies and teach them about a falsehood of a matters.., that man will become a savage as a savage is.

  2. Does that mean we can post a picture of a member of the Israeli Offensive Forces in crosshairs? It's only fair. Also, what Mojo said is correct, this behavior isn't limited to just Israelis–"our" soldiers overseas and increasingly militarized police here at home are acting this way, too.

  3. A regular policy for the IDF way of treating Palestinians. I know that their children are regularly used for target practice. I am so proud of my country for funding this. This genocide is a way to clean up the those of darker skin from wanting equality and even a morsel of food.

    1. First off the Palestinians dont have these guns to put a picture of an Israeli child crosshairs. Please find me a story like this from a Palestinian doing it.

  4. No problem at all, because the Zionists will be in the crosshairs of history as like before. One can only look at their present behavior to understand their past because it is their present behavior, despite what they have experienced during the middle ages and up to the early part of this century, that will reward them with the future they truly deserve.

  5. Now I do not understand Admin. I posted yesterday a comment here, which disappeared immediately after being posted with promissory note stating it will be reposted after review. I do not thing this my comment was so much different from my other comments – I just praised a good Jews like Uri Avneri or Noam Chomsky just to balance my disgust with Zionists after reading this article.


    [moderator’s note: Well, let’s see: How about the statement “indeed even Jews are human beings?” Really? Wow! As the old racist saying used to go, mighty white of you there to grudgingly admit that “even” Jews are the same species as the rest of us. The “good” ones at least – TLK]

  6. If there was ever a military that deserved the most brutal beat down, and decapitation it is the IDF. Not one tear would be shed while this monsters were put six feet under…

    1. And did you notice all the people in those targets were White? It would be "racist' to include anyone else.

  7. The zionist has undying gratitude for britain and america it is demostrated whenever a Palestinian is murdered when Gaza is attacked and destroyed and 1500 souls are murdered.GOD BLESS AMERICA/BRITAIN.

  8. Boy, can you imagine the American media reaction if a Palestinian had posted an image like this? Can you hear the hysterical howls of hate?

    Also, Zionists aren't Jews. As plenty of Orthodox Jews have pointed out, Zionism is against the tenets of Judaism. And the Zionists are almost as brutal to Jews who oppose them as they are to the Palestinians, whom many Zionists continue to refuse to admit exist.

  9. Guys this is just sick and crude. But Let us know that these boys are in a good place now

  10. KILLING IS KILLING,I am sure if it was the other side they would do the same,why the fuck people post shit like this. no one said war would be pretty. or an age number .most of the kids doing the killing are just sympthy for me our troops are just kids right from school and people also say O that was a woman.And a woman today will be one of the first ones in line to do the killing 'Hell I know I would be killing any enmy who walk in front of me I would not care the enmey is the enmey blast it away

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