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Image Allegedly Posted by IDF Soldier Goes Viral on Social Media
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By Anthony Haddad
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June 11, 2024

A social media post, now deleted, from an IDF soldier in December 2023 has reignited attention on allegations that IDF is torturing Gazans. (X)

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A now deleted social media post from an IDF soldier in December 2023 has resurfaced and is going viral on social media.

What Happened Then?

In December 2023, the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor published survivor testimonies revealing that Israel Defense Forces officers brought Israeli civilians into detention centers to watch and film the torture of Palestinian prisoners, reported by Common Dreams.

The testimonies from detainees held at Zikim, near Gaza’s northern border, and a site affiliated with Naqab Prison in southern Israel, claimed that Israeli soldiers falsely presented them as fighters from Palestinian armed factions involved in the Oct. 7 attack on Israeli towns. The prisoners reported being beaten with metal batons, electrocuted, and scalded with hot water while groups of 10-20 Israeli civilians recorded and laughed during the torture sessions.

Omar Abu Mudallala, a 43-year-old former detainee, recounted, “I was arrested at the checkpoint set up near the Kuwait roundabout, which separates Gaza City from the central region, as part of the Israeli random arrest campaigns. I was subjected to all types of torture and abuse for approximately 52 days,. He added that IDF “brought Israeli civilians to watch our nude torture.”

He described multiple instances where civilians were brought in to film the abuse, noting that attempts to explain their innocence only led to further torture. “It was shameful to bring Israeli citizens to record our torture for alleged involvement in killings and rapes,” Abu Mudallala said.

Read more by visiting Common Dreams. 

What Is Happening Now?

As the conflict in Gaza continues, social media has become a vital tool for those affected by the war. Platforms like X (formerly Twitter), TikTok, and Instagram are being used to share the daily realities of Gazans with the world.

The rapid pace of social media allows for quick expressions of opinions and dissemination of images, sometimes leading to older photos being perceived as current events. Regardless of the timing, social media is playing a significant role in broadcasting the experiences of Gazans across all platforms.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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