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Jenin: IDF soldiers disciplined for praying over mosque loudspeaker

IDF soldiers who filmed themselves on Thursday using the public announcement system in one of the mosques in the city of Jenin have been removed from operational reserve duty, a Kan 11 journalist reported.

According to the report, the soldiers’ actions took place while IDF forces were in Jenin for a military operation.

The reserve soldiers who filmed themselves prayed the, “Shema Yisrael” prayer on the mosque’s loudspeaker system, received widespread response on social media.

Now, it has been reported that they will be immediately removed from all IDF operational activities.

A source in the defense echelon told Kan News, “It is a shame that an independent action by a small force harms not only the IDF’s image, but also turns attention away from the operation’s important achievements. This action absolutely does not represent the forces who operated in a professional and precise manner against the terror organizations in the Jenin refugee camp.”

Source: Arutz Sheva

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef also denounced the incident, calling on the military’s top chaplain “to explain to soldiers that they must not harm the religious sentiments of the adherents of other faiths.”

  • “The people of Israel are a special nation and do not act like the murders who without mercy slaughtered, plundered, damaged and desecrated all that is holy and dear to us,” Yosef wrote in a letter to Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim, in apparent reference to the Hamas terrorists who committed the October 7 atrocities in southern Israel.
  • “We must therefore be especially cautious and refrain from acts that are of no benefit to the fighting and cause damage to the people of Israel’s image in the world,”added Yosef.

Since the October 7 onslaught by Hamas against Israel, troops have arrested over 2,000 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including more than 1,100 affiliated with Hamas.

According to the Palestinian Authority health ministry, some 280 West Bank Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, and in a few cases by settlers.

Based on military estimates, the vast majority of the 280 Palestinians killed since October 7 were shot dead during clashes amid arrest raids, and many of them, according to data seen by The Times of Israel, were armed with either a firearm or an explosive device.

  • The IDF is aware of at least three cases of uninvolved Palestinians being killed by troops in recent weeks, and a handful of cases of settlers killing Palestinians, which are still under investigation.

Source: TOI