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Video: Israeli soldiers destroy Gaza mosque, dedicate explosion to dead comrades


The holy warriors of the Givati Brigade in action.:

Video: Israeli soldiers destroy Gaza mosque, dedicate explosion to dead comrades

By Ali Abunimah (Electronic Intifada)

This video uploaded to YouTube on 31 July is titled in Hebrew “Israeli army forces detonate a mosque with 11 tons of explosives.”

The Israeli soldiers apparently from the Givati brigade dedicate the mosque destruction to their fallen comrades and cheer as a massive explosion obliterates it.

“Long live the State of Israel!” a voice exclaims.

According to the narration by the videographer, the detonation took place on 30 July in Khuzaa, which is east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Human rights groups have already condemned Israel’s targeting of civilian homes, hospitals, mosques and other civilian objects as illegal.

This video, which suggests soldiers may have intended to destroy the mosque as a reprisal, could be evidence of a specific war crime that the soldiers documented themselves.

Atrocities in Khuzaa

Khuzaa is an area where Palestinians have still been unable to recover all the bodies of loved ones killed in Israeli attacks.

ITV journalist Rageh Omaar, who visited the area on Friday, found a neighborhood that “had almost been completely obliterated, looking like a post-apolcalyptic scene.”

“The stench of decomposing bodies filled the whole area,” Omaar said, as Palestinians returning to the area for the first time in three weeks during a short-lived “humanitarian ceasefire” began to recover bodies from the ruins.

The Daily Beast’s Jesse Rosenfeld reported that he saw decomposing bodies gathered in a bathroom of a house on the edge of Khuzaa amid “haunting signs of what looks like the summary execution of several Palestinians.”

Dedicated to dead Israeli soldiers

But for the Israeli soldiers destroying Khuzaa, the violence is cause for celebration.

This is the full transcript and translation, by Dena Shunra, of what the videographer says:

Khirbat Khuzaa, 30 July 2014, Operation Tzuk Eitan.

We’re waiting for the explosion of something like eleven tons of explosive above – and below – the ground.

This explosion is dedicated to the memory of the three people from the battalion who have fallen since the beginning of the operation – Amit Yeori of blessed memory, Guy Boylend of blessed memory, and Moshiko Dvino, of blessed memory.

The battalion has been fighting in the operation since it started, under task force 84 – a Givati brigade task force.

In the front you can see the mosque, where there is a shaft of a significant tunnel, which will also be part of the overall explosion that will be audible in a few seconds – throughout the village.

In these moments the commander of the battalion is giving the commands over the communication network of the brigade, the network of the battalion, and in a few seconds an explosion will be heard.

[1:26 – a victory shout is heard, with cheers and applause]

Long live the State of Israel!

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  • Sam Seed

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  • Jekyll

    Solution…not resolution.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine if someone made a game about 9/11 a few days after the attacks, how would people respond?

  • jkings

    I believe wholeheartedly, that the majority of the Muslim people want to just raise their kids and live peaceful lives. I wish them the best and hope that they do have good lives. I also recognize that there are very different approaches to Islam it seems. Please believe me brother, I know full well that so many Muslims are rational people. I just get very frustrated with people that give into ISIS and their bullshit. Young men are going there and giving their lives to ISIS sick purpose every day. I cant help but hear their speeches on their reasoning and of course its disturbing to us. We have heard about Jihad on non-believers for a very long time. Once again I don’t think at all the majority of Muslims think this. But I do really feel we need to work together, as we have in the past few weeks. I am very proud of the Kurds for stepping up to confront this evil. not to mention any of the tribes and other Iraqi’s that risked their lives and even died to fight ISIS. Once I saw that they were killing anyone that didn’t agree with their ideals, I felt it was the only right thing to do to fight them. I was really glad to see that the Kurds were very encouraged by the US airstrikes. Was good to see the Iraqis and the Kurds and US working together as one, to stop this evil. I hope more step up to confront ISIS, so that all Muslims, Christians, and whoever else, can live in peace in their homes. Its too bad also that this time around, the US tried to stay out of it right up to the point of slow genocide. And yet we are now sworn to be attacked in our country, over that. I do understand that “average Muslims” are not at all in the crowd that are calling for that. But lets stand up to the supporters of ISIS, and ISIS themselves. Let us work together as one to confront them. Perhaps this way also we can see some common ground with each other. I hope we do really.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    If Muslims strat doing what the cetniks did they will become like them. The only legitimate instance to take down a church is when it was illegally built on land belonging to a Muslim or over a demolished mosque.

    In BiH I know only of two instances:
    When the cetniks conquered Divic (near Zvornik) they demolished the mosque and built an Orthodox church on the spot. In the end, after a ruling of their own “RS” (the Serb “entity” in Bosnia) court of law they had to dismantle it and a new mosque was built on the spot.
    Near Srebrenica they built one on land belonging to a Muslim widow, Fata Orlovic. there is a court order (again from the court of law in the Serb entity!) to take it down. But they refuse to do it.
    Some of the destroyed mosques have over time been rebuilt, unfortunately not all like the original ones, or in good taste. At a few places even the local Serbs helped in their rebuilding (but that’s strictly exceptional).
    Other than that I don’t know that ever a mosque was built over a church. Not in Ottoman times and not after 1995. Sure, some were vandalized out of revenge but none that I know of significant historical value. But I do remember having seen one Orthodox church standing in the middle of a lake and left to decay, and that was not in the Federacija but in “RS”

  • Friend of Bosnia

    No, it’s just to remove any tangible evidence of those people ever being there.
    A church, a mosque, a synagogue, is not sacred by itself, nor does it irradiate any Divine power. I understand that very well.
    It has much more social and sometimes historical value. It’s what links older generations to the new. It gives peace of mind. That’s what the barbarians destroy. That’s why it’s part of genocide to destroy them. Be it the Orthodox cetniks flattening the mosques in BiH or the totallly deluded and misguided IS doing in Iraq now with the zaouiat, the Shi’ite mosques and the churches, or the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Einstain talked about stupidity being larger than the Universe. Ok, and bad taste and cynicism come second.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    “Us?” Who is “us”?

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Calm down now, take it easy, there’s a good boy. Now let’s put you under the cold shower, then take your medication as a good boy should, and go to bed peacefully, or do we have to tie you down and put the straightjacket on you?

    No but seriously, you should see your psychiatrist urgently. He’s the only one who can – maybe – help you now.

  • Awesome

    – Genocide
    – Hypocrisy
    – Racism
    – Bigotry
    – Fascism
    – Collectivism

    Since you are such a proud advocate and/or personification of these characteristics, do you not find it ironic that you are using the word “Nazi” as form of ridicule for someone else besides yourself?

  • Anon Ymous

    The only good Arab is a dead Arabs. The IslamoNazis that write this website should be tortured and slaughtered like they have done to us for a thousand years.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    For that you should be shot dead with cat shit.

  • Lithium2006

    Destruction of anything Muslim is always beautiful to Islamophobic scum like you. Dead Muslim children who have done no wrong to be killed is like a super dose of Viagra to you sad excuses for human beings. I suppose I should thank you for proving to us yet again how hatred and drive a person to such low points.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    I’m surprised no one has done a survey of worldwide Jewry, or if they have, that it isn’t passed around that much.

    I think I’ll take Ilisha’s advice and steer clear of Atzmon given what the wiki article, Ilisha and Mehdi say.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    I haven’t seen any surveys on Jewish opinions (outside of Israeli Jews) on the recent conflict either, but let me know if you find any.

    As for younger Jews, my sense is that yes, there is some sense of disillusionment, but that it has at least two different effects. Some younger Jews in the US have become less interested in Israeli issues altogether while others have devoted more efforts to more “neutral” or “left-wing” causes there such as directing donations to hospitals or the Magen David Adom (Red Star of David, the equivalent of the Red Cross or Red Crescent) as examples of neutrals or mixed Jewish/Arab schools or programs or civil rights organizations on the left.

    As for Gilad Atzmon, you can check out a description of him, including his statements and those of his supporters and detractors in response, on Wikipedia. Ilisha comments briefly on him (and Israel Shahak, mentioned elsewhere in the discussion on this post) here, though I presume she knows more about him than just what she says in that comment. Mehdi also comments a bit later in response.

  • Iman

    That is why I urge you to read Gelad Atzmon book . He is really explaining the Jewish problems.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    I can’t find any surveys on Jewish opinions on Israel/Israeli actions but I have read that young Jews are starting to feel disillusioned with Israel.

  • Iman

    The majority of the Jews support Israel. This support encourages Israel to continue her atrocities to Palestinians. Few days ago Israel was granted a huge amount of money and arms from America. Maybe you should read Jilad Atzmon book.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    That statement really cannot be spun as anything other than odious. Lots of politicians say terrible things, but this is one of those that stand out for how wrong, how cruel, how immoral, and just how evil it is.

  • Solid Snake

    Its amazing really. Just like Israel creating Hamas, or like Israel going to Lebanon in an attempt to finish off the PLO and contributing to the creation of Hizbollah.

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