Kid In the Crosshairs: What Occupation Looks Like

Kid In the Crosshairs: What Occupation Looks Like

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Abby Zimet

There's been considerable uproar after Mor Ostrovski, 20, an Israeli soldier and sniper, randomly posted an Instagram photo showing a Palestinian boy in the crosshairs of a rifle. The IDF calls it "a severe incident which doesn't accord with the IDF's spirit and values." Breaking the Silence and other activists call it dehumanizing business as usual for an Occupation that routinely teaches soldiers to view Palestinian children as potential targets, no more or less. The picture is the latest of many incidents of Israeli soldiers posting violent, sexual, racist or abusive photos online as part of a growing trend that's been dubbed "war sporno."

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