This absolutely blows my mind. Evidently, it is OK to drop
cluster bombs on municipal areas. But show your
derrière, and you’re off the job.
JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli army said on Sunday that it had suspended
several soldiers after they were filmed exposing their bare buttocks to
Palestinians in the south of the occupied West Bank.
“All personnel implicated in this unfortunate affair have been
identified and immediately suspended from all professional activity,”
the army said, without specifying the number of servicemen concerned.
“This affair dates to a month ago and does not characterise the values
taught to our soldiers,” a statement said. “It will be settled today
and the soldiers implicated will have to answer for their actions.”
On Sunday the YNet news website posted a video, filmed and first
distributed by a peace activist group last week, that shows two
soldiers in full combat gear exposing their buttocks and a third
flashing a victory sign with his fingers.
The video was said to have been shot outside the southern city of
Hebron, with the troops allegedly exposing themselves to Palestinian
shepherds in order to try and make them leave an area near the
“The soldiers frustrated with the failure of the Lebanon war could
finally make a victory sign by showing their posteriors to unarmed
Palestinians,” Israeli Arab MP Ahmed Tibi told YNet in condemning the
Of course, the problem is not what they did; the problem is that they
got caught on video.