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Israeli Soldier Instagrams A Child In The Crosshairs Of A Rifle

A 20-year old Israeli soldier named Mor Ostrovski posted a photo of what appears to be a Palestinian child in the crosshairs of his rifle.

Posted on February 18, 2013, at 10:42 a.m. ET

Ostrovski has since deleted the photo and his Instagram account after the photo caused an outrage on various social media channels.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz:

The IDF released a statement saying that the photo is "not in accordance with the spirit of the IDF or its values." A criminal investigation was also opened, but closed shortly after, finding that the soldier had not committed a criminal offense of any kind.

Ostrovski has since claimed he did not take the photo but instead found it online and posted it to his instagram account.

Similarly, a soldier who recently posted a photo of himself posing next to a blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian prisoner on Facebook was sentenced to 14 days in a military prison.

The Electronic Intifada has photos of Ostrovski posing with weapons, also from his now-deleted instagram:

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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