IDF reprimands its soldiers caught on camera ridiculing the call to prayer at a mosque in Jenin.

Israeli military says soldiers have been relieved of their duties following an incident in the West Bank city.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have expressed disapproval of the actions of some of their soldiers who were caught on video singing and mocking the Islamic call to prayer over a mosque loudspeaker in the city of Jenin.
This incident occurred during a three-day operation in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli troops have reportedly killed 12 Palestinians, including a youth who was shot at a hospital, according to Palestinian officials and international health charities.
Social media footage shows IDF soldiers inside the mosque, with one of them reciting a Jewish prayer imitating the Islamic call to prayer from the pulpit. In another clip, a song associated with the Jewish festival of Hanukkah is heard through a minaret loudspeaker in Hebrew.
Another clip shows a soldier sitting on the floor of the empty mosque, speaking into a microphone used for the Islamic call to prayer, stating, “In the name of God, the merciful. Here is the spokesperson of the IDF.”
The Palestinian foreign ministry condemned this act, considering it a mockery of the sacred place.
Upon inquiry about the incident, the Israeli army informed the press that the soldiers involved had been immediately taken off operational duty.
“The behavior depicted in the videos goes against the values of the IDF and is taken seriously. The soldiers will face disciplinary actions,” stated the military.
The military has been intensifying operations against Palestinian militant groups in the West Bank. Israeli reports claim that at least 275 Palestinians have been killed there in the past two months since the Hamas attack from Gaza into southern Israel on October 7th, resulting in the death of 1,200 people.
According to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), soldiers shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old within the Khalil Suleiman hospital compound just outside Jenin’s refugee camp. The Israeli military did not respond to the request for comment regarding this shooting.
Mahmoud Al-Saadi, director of the Palestinian Red Crescent in Jenin, stated that Israel was preventing ambulances from entering the camp to transport critically ill patients. “The army did not let us in,” he added, mentioning the presence of soldiers outside the hospital.
Witnesses in Jenin reported gunfights between gunmen and soldiers, as well as the detonation of homemade bombs. Residents also claimed that army bulldozers damaged streets and water pipes.
A military statement declared that soldiers dismantled bomb labs, underground tunnels, and explosive devices during counter-terrorism searches as part of the operation that began on Tuesday.

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