SOLDIERS DESECRATE THE MEMORY OF RACHEL CORRIE

Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”

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Israeli soldiers have depraved “fun” making “Rachel Corrie pancakes”

Ali Abunimah 

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Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”

Photos of the event were posted on the Facebook page of the “Heritage House,” a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem that houses so-called “lone soldiers,” men recruited from overseas to join the Israeli occupation forces.

Nesim Pesarel, one of the “Heritage House” residents, seen in a photo from his personal Facebook page.

Above the photos of young men, some in Israeli army fatigues or apparently carrying guns, is the caption “Afternoon of ‘rachel corrie’ Pancakes and fun!”

Rachel Corrie is the young American woman murdered by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family home in the occupied Gaza Strip on 16 March 2003.

The depraved joke that these men were presumably making is a play on the English idiom “flat as a pancake.” Their celebration and joking about Rachel Corrie’s death is utterly vile and reflects the culture of dehumanization inculcated into Israeli soldiers.

Ben Packer, the director and rabbi of “Heritage House,” hit back at some negative comments about the images, posting this response:

In honor of the all the hate messages from the anti-Israel/Jewish crowd, one of our supporters has pledged $5 towards Israeli settlements (maybe for additional bulldozers) for each additional comment. keep’em coming anti-semites! We love our Israeli soldiers and will not back down in the face of those who attempt to endanger them!

Packer added, “Anti-Israel activists are all in a tizzy about these pictures! makes them even funnier!!!”

The page also appeals for donations “to support our guests and ‘lone soldiers.’” Residents of the “Heritage House” settlement also take part in colonization activities in other parts of the occupied West Bank, including Hebron.

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Alex Winston is the “den mother” of The Heritage House men’s dormitory. Alex Winston is a member of the Israeli army’s Givati Brigade.

Nesim Pasarel (right with weapon) and Jonathan Leibovits (seated)

 

(Update: The gallery was removed shortly after the publication of this post.)

The true face of the “IDF”

In recent months, The Electronic Intifada has highlighted incidents of Israeli soldiers using social media to advocate brutal violence, and acts of sadistic torture and murder of children.

The Electronic Intifada also revealed images soldiers posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram of nudity, drug use and violence and most notoriously of a Palestinian child seen through the scope of a sniper’s rifle.

This week, the army began investigating a video posted online of Israeli soldiers frying a small bird alive, an act that had no purpose but gratuitous animal cruelty.

Israeli army attempts to halt social media scandals

The “Rachel Corrie pancakes” photos provide yet another window into the Israeli army’s culture of violence and come just as the occupation forces have tried to staunch the flow of embarrassing incidents on social media that have hurt its propaganda efforts.

The campaign, which includes this YouTube video, urges soldiers to “improve their image online.” 

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The voiceover in the video commands:

Soldier! Improve your appearance! Always remember: You are the face of the IDF. So improve your appearance – online!

The IDF is glad to invite you to get connected, share, love, tweet, respond, and show the pretty face of the IDF.

So go into the official pages and send us pictures, videoclips, and stories. The IDF on the Internet. One army, everybody’s face.

The “lone soldiers” at the Heritage House settler-colony have clearly not got the message.

With thanks to Dena Shunra for assistance with research and translation and Benjamin Doherty for assistance with research.

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12 Comments

  1. July 21, 2013 at 11:45

    […] Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.” * Israeli soldiers have depraved “fun” making “Rachel Corrie pancakes” Ali Abunimah * Israeli soldiers had a “fu…  […]

  2. July 21, 2013 at 15:59

    Hat dies auf silbershark110neverdie rebloggt und kommentierte:
    GOD DAMN IsraHell !!!

  3. July 21, 2013 at 18:15

    only illiterate people are capable of this-dumb scum!

  4. Freemanontheland said,

    July 21, 2013 at 19:56

    Zombies

  5. Iain Yuile said,

    July 21, 2013 at 22:35

    Helen Thomas, the great former journalist who just passed away, once said the European Jews who make up most of the population of Israel, should go back to Europe and the land returned to Palestine. She was right, but Europe wouldn’t want this scum back.

  6. Iain Yuile said,

    July 21, 2013 at 22:41

    Helen Thomas, the great former Journalist who just passed away, once said the European Jews who make up most of the population of Israel should return to Europe and the land returned to Palestine. She was right of course, but would Europeans accept this scum back? I doubt it.

  7. Franco said,

    July 22, 2013 at 04:18

    The US police forces are being trained by those sickos…
    Its no wonder that the American people is treated with
    contempt by these goons….

  8. Jon Reid said,

    July 22, 2013 at 04:48

    yes from the most moral jackals on earth!

  9. T said,

    July 22, 2013 at 04:48

    I would blurt out “rot in hell” but since that’s where they come from, they wouldn’t take offense.

  10. July 22, 2013 at 17:23

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  11. July 23, 2013 at 00:35

    […] SOLDIERS DESECRATE THE MEMORY OF RACHEL CORRIE […]

  12. July 25, 2013 at 17:49

    […] Check out the page of Desert Peace which took a screen shot of the Heritage House page where the rabbi in charge, Ben Packer, responded to criticism of the heroes joke by writing: […]


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