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Female soldiers show off ‘military assets’

New recruits disciplined for uploading racy photos to Facebook; latest in series of incidents involving social media

Female soldiers train in the Negev desert. (Gili Yaari / Flash90)
Female soldiers train in the Negev desert. (Gili Yaari / Flash90)

The Israeli military said Sunday that it has disciplined a group of female soldiers who posed on their base for provocative photos in underwear and posted the images on Facebook.

The incident was the latest in a string of episodes involving young Israeli soldiers on social media that have drawn reprimand from the military.

Israeli news site Walla said the women were new recruits stationed on a base in southern Israel. The picture showed the soldiers removing their fatigue uniforms to expose their underwear and back sides.

The story has been shared widely in Arab media, albeit often with a heavily censored version of the photograph.

In a similar picture from 2012, five women posed in what appeared to be a barracks room, dressed only in helmets and their combat vests. The faces of the soldiers were blurred in the photos.

The IDF told The Times of Israel the young women had acted in a manner that showed “unbecoming behavior” for Israeli soldiers. “The commanding officers disciplined the soldiers as they saw fit,” it said.

The statement did not identify the soldiers or give any details about the punishments. Military officials said the base conducted educational lectures to keep soldiers from repeating the offense.

Female IDF soldiers in racy photo posted to Facebook (photo credit: Screen grab/Facebook)
Female IDF soldiers in racy photo posted to Facebook (photo credit: Screen grab/Facebook)

Several times in recent years, the Israeli military has disciplined soldiers for what were considered improper postings in social media sites.

In a video posted to YouTube in 2010, a male Israeli soldier was filmed dancing suggestively around a blindfolded Palestinian woman. That incident followed the discovery of photos earlier that year showing a female soldier posing in front of Palestinian prisoners.

Shortly thereafter, the Israeli military banned soldiers from using social media sites while on base. The ban was an effort to prevent future embarrassing posts on social media. It is unclear whether the ban is still in effect.

Early this year, another soldier was reprimanded for writing anti-Palestinian tweets and posting pictures to multiple social media services showing himself naked with a gun.

Most Jewish Israeli men and women are required to serve in the military, starting at age 18.

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