Ben Gvir: Decision to suspend soldiers who sang on mosque loudspeaker ‘shameful’

An IDF soldier sings into the loudspeaker of a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin, December 14, 2023. (X video screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
An IDF soldier sings into the loudspeaker of a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin, December 14, 2023. (X video screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

After the IDF suspended soldiers who sang Hanukkah songs and a Jewish prayer over a Jenin mosque’s loudspeaker system during an operation there, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir blasts the move as “shameful.”

Ben Gvir, in a tweet, accuses Defense Minister Yoav Gallant of “bringing politics into the IDF,” saying the soldiers are “heroes” who “risked their lives for us in the Jenin operation.”

The IDF said the soldiers’ actions were “serious and completely contrary to IDF values.”

Yesterday Ben Gvir lamented that the soldiers’ “only sin is that they said ‘Shema Yisrael’ in a place that has become one of the focal points for terror against Israel. These wonderful warriors should be given full backing.”

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