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Instagram is more dangerous than a sniper’s rifle?

Israeli sniper view.

Israeli sniper view.

The ongoing media battle for the moral high ground in the Israel/Palestine conflict is something I’ve followed with interest.

I came across this image this week and….well……it’s only an image. Of a child. Sitting playing. Doing nothing dangerous. And crucially, alive.

But add those cross hairs. The oof details and….well… more

Before the 20-year-old Israeli sniper who uploaded the photograph was able to delete his Instagram account, Mr. Abunimah and other bloggers copied it and the snapshot was published on news sites in Israel and around the world — dealing another self-inflicted blow to the Israeli military’s effort to use the Web to burnish its image.

After a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces told reporters that sharing the photograph was “a severe incident which doesn’t accord with the I.D.F.’s spirit and values,” the young man also deleted his Facebook account, where he had posted images of himself using his sniper rifle as a comic prop.

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