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IDF soldiers filmed partying at illegal outpost

Officer says he was unaware courts ordered destruction of site, says army authorized unit’s presence in the area

Still from a video showing IDF soldiers enjoying music and barbecuing at a tent established upon the ruins of an illegal outpost near the West Bank city of Hebron (photo credit: YouTube screen cap/Rabbis for Human Rights)
Still from a video showing IDF soldiers enjoying music and barbecuing at a tent established upon the ruins of an illegal outpost near the West Bank city of Hebron (photo credit: YouTube screen cap/Rabbis for Human Rights)

A video that surfaced Tuesday shows IDF soldiers enjoying music and barbecuing in a newly erected tent at an illegal outpost near the West Bank city of Hebron, despite the fact that structures at the site had been razed by the army only a week prior, following a ruling by the Supreme Court.

The Givat Sorek outpost, located in the outskirts of the Karmi Tzur settlement on land deemed by the courts to be owned by Palestinian residents of the town of Halhul, was first established after the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas-affiliated terrorists in July.

The bodies of Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach were found by an Israeli search team in a field near the outpost’s current location several weeks later.

According to Yehuda Wald, the chairman of the secretariat of Karmi Tzur, the outpost contained a synagogue erected in memory of the three teenagers and a canteen for soldiers serving in the region, Israel National News reported.

Givat Sorek was destroyed by the IDF last week following a petition by the Israeli human rights group Rabbis for Human Rights and residents of Halhul.

Nevertheless, the video released Tuesday by a member of Rabbis for Human Rights shows troops from the Golani Brigade sitting in a tent situated near the ruins of the outpost.

An officer who spoke with human rights organization’s representative said he was unaware the outpost was declared illegal, adding that he had been authorized by the army to make a recreational stop in the area with his unit, the left-leaning Sicha Mekomit site reported.

The IDF did not immediately comment on the video.

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