And you were worried about what your little sister posts on Instagram? This shot (no pun intended) was found on the Instagram of Mor Ostrovski, a sniper in the Israeli Defense Force. It’s safe to say this unassuming and unaware child is Palestinian, with the backdrop most likely the West Bank, an area that the IDF has and continues to maintain strict control over. Ostrovski has various other pictures on his account of him posed with weaponry common in the IDF, but this picture clearly stands alone in its alarming content. Though there were no further images, it is not believed Ostrovski took the shot, simply capturing this scene for some disturbing satisfaction. IDF officials say that this behavior is not common among their soldiers, and that Ostrovski himself has been sentenced to 2 weeks in military prison.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one brings to mind a thousand questions. The IDF claim to both protect the Palestinian and fight the insurgents they claim pose a serious threat to the Israeli state, but this picture highlights serious issues regarding the role and methods within what many call the world’s largest open air prison. Sadly, the abuse and killing of Palestinians within the West Bank and Gaza is nothing new to either state, or the international community at large, but violence against children appears seldom, though not unheard of. The fact that this sniper was targeting a child brings to mind cases such as that of Yifat Alkobi, who allegedly stuffed rocks into a Palsestinian boys mouth and clamped it shut, shattering his teeth (http://www.haaretz.com/news/police-investigate-hebron-settler-filmed-attacking-arabs-1.209807). Another concerning trend brought to light by this picture is that of Israel’s use of both sexual and violent imagery through social media to promote the allure of the IDF, in a technique referred to as “sporno.” With no end to the occupation and mistreatment of Palestine in the future, we can only watch and be wary of the next telling sign of Israel’s oppression.
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For 8 weeks, Teen Programs and Westminster’s Intro to Art History class have collided to create a less traditional way to learn about art history, aesthetics, and contemporary art.
“We went down a rabbit hole of culture: first we saw the artists’ pieces and then we made our own art. Stumbling and falling into the art world and dragging pieces behind us,” - San, Senior at Westminster.
Disabled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face an unexpected battle: the Department of Veterans Affairs’ still-massive stack of disability benefit claims, leading to processing delays of six months or more.
Nationwide, 820,105 vets are waiting on a response to claims of a disease, injury or illness suffered in the military.
260: Average number of days that a veteran waits for the government to respond to his or her claim as of 8/2012.
Tragedy in Russia: Hundreds have been reported injured after a meteorite exploded midair near the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains Friday. Said Nadezhda Golovko, deputy head of Chelyabinsk Secondary School No. 130:
When I saw some white narrow cloud moving outside the window I ran up to it and saw a huge blinding flash. It was like the way I would imagine a nuclear bomb. At first, there was no sound at all as if I suddenly went deaf
Russian authorities have rushed to the scene in mass, assessing damage and making sure there’s no increase in radiation levels as a result of the impact.
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