Israeli troops have ‘humiliated’ a blindfolded Palestinian woman by filming her while one of the soldiers was belly dancing close to her in a detention center.
The video clip that shows the Israeli soldier dancing next to the handcuffed woman sparked outrage after it was circulated on YouTube.
"I saw the video on Al-Jazeera. I didn’t sleep all night because I felt humiliated and frustrated," Ihsan al-Dababsi, 35, told AFP on Wednesday.
"The sound of the soldiers’ laughter and the music were ringing in my ears," she said of the video.
Dababsi says she plans to launch a legal action against the Israeli military.
She noted that the Israeli troops filmed her when she was arrested in December 2007 on charge of being a member of the Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad.
"When they arrested me, they took me to the Etzion detention centre near Bethlehem. After they questioned me, they put me in a corridor and put on a blindfold and handcuffs," she said.
"I could hear the laughter of the soldiers, their voices and the music. I could see what was happening because the blindfold was not tight, and I begged them not to film me."
"But they continued to videotape me, and they were drinking alcohol and dancing," the Palestinian woman said.
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas resistance movement have also condemned the move, saying the clip was "deeply offensive to the dignity of women".
"This is a disgusting illustration of the sick mentality of the occupier. This is not an isolated incident," said a statement from the office of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said the soldier’s behavior "reflects the racism and the absence of morals among the occupation soldiers."
The Israeli military claims that it has launched an investigation into the incident.