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Israeli soldier posts Instagram image of Palestinian child in crosshairs of rifle

 The context of the picture, posted on the personal Instagram site of Mor Ostrovski, 20, could not be verified but the aggressive message is clear. The minarets and Arabic architecture of the village captured in the background suggest the boy and the town are Palestinian. Ostrovski is an Israeli soldier in a sniper unit.

The Israeli military said the soldier’s commanders were investigating the incident. His actions “are not in accordance with the spirit of the IDF or its values”, a spokesperson said.

Ostrovski, who has closed his Instagram account, told the army he did not take the picture but found it on the internet.

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Comment by J E Andreasen
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A little bit of conflation can go a long way. ; )  As to domestic law enforcement, you are quite correct.  As to the idiot IDF sniper, not so simple.  He posted the picture and within a matter of hours pulled it.  Too late, though; the National Police were already after him (yes, they have jurisdiction). They contacted his CO and found out that a) the idiot already was in BIG trouble with the IDF, b) the specifics did not rise to a CRIMINAL act, and c) he faced significant punishment within the IDF.  It should be noted that similar incidents quickly result in demotion, house or base detention, revocation of already modest pay, and social sanction comparable to a bad apple in a small town.  Paid vacations are not in his future.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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"The issue was brought to the attention of the soldier's commanding officers, will be examined and properly handled."  "

Likely an ass kicking as he is but a peon in a bureaucracy that dislikes public embarrassment.  But I will point out that this is a boiler plate statement issued by EVERY law enforcement agency in the USA whenever one of its thugs is caught beating/murdering someone on video. 

The "punishment" being a paid vacation followed by an announcement that 'no dept. policies were violated/officer safety/officer was within dept. guidelines.'  Public safety indeed.

Comment by J E Andreasen
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Per the IDF: "The issue was brought to the attention of the soldier's commanding officers, will be examined and properly handled." 

Ass-kicking is about to commence.

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