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Tuesday
Oct052010

Video Shows Israeli Soldier Dancing Around Blindfolded Palestinian Woman

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(JERUSALEM) -- The Israeli army is investigating a video posted on YouTube featuring a male soldier performing a belly dancing routine beside a blindfolded female Palestinian prisoner.

The clip has apparently been on the site for two years, but was aired on Israeli Television Monday night.

It is the latest embarrassing clip of this kind to cause controversy and force the army onto the defensive, but this would be the first to target a Palestinian woman, a particularly inflammatory issue in Arab society.

The Israeli Defense Force said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the incident.

"The IDF condemns this kind of activity and has worked and is working to eradicate it via briefings to soldiers....The clips do not depict the norm, but rather are anomalies," said an IDF statement.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the video.

"This is a disgusting illustration of the sick mentality of the occupier. This is not an isolated incident. With the advent of easy-to-use media like YouTube, the truth is coming to light of a culture of humiliation of the Palestinians," the Palestinian Authority statement said.

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