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Israel-Palestine war: Israeli soldiers sing Hanukkah song in Jenin mosque

Footage appears to show Israeli soldiers using a mosque loudspeaker to mock the call to prayer
A still showing an Israeli soldier using the speaker system at a mosque in Jenin (Kan)

Footage has emerged of an Israeli soldier singing a Hanukkah song through the loudspeaker of a Jenin mosque in the occupied West Bank.

One video, released by Haaretz, appears to show the mosque in the city blaring out the Hanukkah song We Came to Banish the Darkness.

Another shows an Israeli soldier sitting on the floor of the deserted mosque and speaking into a microphone used to deliver the Islamic call to prayer.

"In the name of God, the merciful. Here is the spokesperson of the IDF," he says, in an apparent mockery of the Islamic call.

"For the residents of the camp, the story is over, we will not allow the presence of armed men inside the camp. The future will be clean, we want you to live with dignity in the camp, there is no power beyond the power of Allah."

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In response to the videos, a spokesperson for the Israeli army told local media "the soldiers were removed from operational duty immediately, after receiving the videos and an initial inspection of the incident by the commanders.

"The behaviour of the soldiers in the videos is serious and stands in complete opposition to the values of the IDF. The soldiers will be disciplined accordingly," the spokesperson said.

Earlier this week the Israeli army launched a large-scale raid on Jenin city and its refugee camp.

At least eight Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing incursion, including a 13-year-old boy prevented from reaching a hospital by Israeli forces, according to the Palestinian health ministry. 

Four of those killed were hit in a drone strike. Israel said it targeted people affiliated with armed groups. Witnesses said the men were not armed.

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