Outrage after video shows female Palestinian prisoner humiliated

Authority condemns bellydancing video that has provoked outrage

  • By Nasouh Nazzal, Correspondent
  • Published: 15:00 October 5, 2010

  • YouTube
    clip shows an Israeli soldier dancing in front of and harassing a
    Palestinian woman prisoner, to impress his fellow soldiers.
  • Image Credit: YouTube

A video clip uploaded on the internet, showing an Israeli soldier
bellydancing close to a blindfolded Palestinian woman prisoner in
handcuffs, has angered Palestinians.

A grainy video of a male Israeli soldier bellydancing around a bound
and blindfolded female prisoner which went viral overnight, on
Wednesday provoked a furious response from the Palestinians.

The clip, which came to light after it was screened on Israel’s private Channel 10 television
late on Monday, shows a soldier gyrating to the rhythmic drumbeat of an
Arabic track as the woman, who is wearing a headscarf, huddles against
a wall, her hands bound in front of her and her eyes bound with a white
Speech bubble

The soldier, who is wearing sunglasses and grinning broadly,
repeatedly brushes up close to the woman who has a Hebrew speech bubble
coming out of her mouth reading "Allahu Akbar".

Crudely captioned "israeli soldier catch arab terrorist [dancing
around her] funny" the clip lasts just over a minute. The video was
immediately slammed by the Palestinian National Authority as "deeply
offensive to the dignity of women".

"This is a disgusting illustration of the sick mentality of the
occupier. This is not an isolated incident," said a strongly-worded
statement from the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Exposure of the video came just six weeks after an Israeli soldier
sparked widespread outrage by posting pictures of herself smiling and
larking around next to blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian prisoners.

Palestinians said the incident pointed to a systematic campaign by
the Israeli forces to break the Palestinians through prison torture,
intimidation and disrespect.


Qadoura Fares, who heads the Palestinian Prisoner Club told Gulf News the woman prisoner has yet to be identified.

"The clip highlights the true gang-like nature of the Israeli forces," Fares said.

"While we hope the soldier will be punished for his crime, we have
no illusions that the Israeli army will hold him accountable," he added.

Speaking to Gulf News, Executive Director of the
Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights, Randa Siniora,
says Palestinian women face just as much harassment as men in prison.

With inputs from AFP

How will this video affect Israel’s image in the international
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