IDF rapped for Gaza strike mashup clip

IDF rapped for Gaza strike mashup clip

Army posts video of jets targeting Gaza Strip set to catchy beat, but some disapprove of making merry of war

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces has posted a short video of Israeli Air Force planes bombing targets in the Gaza Strip with the sounds of pilot communications set to a beat. Some people have criticized the clip as inappropriate.

Titled “Operation Protective Edge: Air Force Attacks,” the video is little more than a half-minute long and was uploaded to the IDF’s YouTube channel last Thursday.

The left-wing online magazine +972 reported on the video along with the wry comment: “Because who said bombing civilians is something you can’t dance to.”

By Sunday, the clip had been seen by 1,000 people, with the handful of comments posted by viewers overwhelmingly critical of the production.

“Not befitting of the IDF,” wrote one user. “Doesn’t serve Israeli advocacy. Not good. Take it down. You don’t make a cheerful clip about enemy deaths. A childish film that shows war as being a computer game. Delete it.”

“This a childish, irrelevant production that doesn’t help anything,” wrote another. “It is like the clips that Hamas sometimes makes to show their activities.”

“Whoa… just low quality, does not belong here,” commented a third viewer. “What chong (IDF slang for “new recruit”) was allowed to make this? Totally unprofessional.”

Since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8, the IDF has posted many videos on its YouTube channel showing airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza.

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