An Israeli rapper and far-right provocateur posted a photo of himself handing out sweets to celebrate the deaths of members of the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups after the IDF blew up an attack tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Monday.
“The number of those assassinated rose to 12 terrorists and (the amount) is still climbing,” wrote rapper Yoav Eliasi who goes by the name “The Shadow.” The death toll from the incident was seven killed and 12 wounded at time of writing.
“As promised, I went out to distribute baklava,” he added, including a photo of him giving out the Middle Eastern delicacy.
His act mimics that of Palestinians who have in the past handed out sweets to celebrate the killing of Israelis in attacks — acts that are widely condemned in Israel.
Eliasi has previously used his social media platforms to call for the castration and organ harvesting of slain Palestinian assailants, and has compared left-wing Israelis to an AIDS epidemic.
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In 2014, Eliasi was a main organizer of a rowdy counter-protest that was reportedly designed to intimidate a group of anti-war leftists protesting the Gaza war.
Last year, Eliasi joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party under the auspices of controversial party MK Oren Hazan.
Eliasi’s membership in the ruling Likud party was met with opposition from the American Jewish rights group Anti-Defamation League, President Reuven Rivlin and a number of party officials.
At least seven men were killed and another 12 were injured on Monday when the Israeli army blew up an attack tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said.
The IDF said the terror tunnel was discovered inside Israeli territory near the Gaza Strip and is believed to have been dug after 2014. The tunnel was being built by the Islamic Jihad terror group. It ran from the Gazan city of Khan Younis, crossed under the border for dozens of meters, and approached Kibbutz Kissufim.
The incident significantly raised tensions in the region, with leaders of the different Palestinian terror groups meeting in Gaza in a bid to formulate a response.
Israel deployed its Iron Dome rocket interceptors in the area and declared a closed military zone near the Gaza border, in case the Palestinians tried to respond with rocket fire.