Palestinian terror groups reacted with anger after footage emerged of prominent West Bank Palestinians hosting an iftar meal in recent days with several Israel Defense Force officers.
The festive meal, held to end the day-long fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was hosted Saturday evening by leading businessmen near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Among those invited were several IDF officers from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Defense Ministry body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs.
One of the participants posted a video to TikTok, showing the officers mingling with locals, including several people who are seen as close to the Palestinian Authority, with the caption “mutual benefits.”
The video sparked an outcry among Palestinians on social media and was quickly deleted.
It also drew condemnation from Palestinian terror groups, who condemned the participants for collaborating with Israel’s military rule.
Hebron- A group of Palestinian businessmen, and clan chiefs in town of Ad-dahriyya have a joint iftar party with military occupation officers from the civil administration branch this evening.
“Mutual benefits”. Want their names & titles? He deleted the tiktok video short after. pic.twitter.com/RtzE1pBBQz
— Younis | يونس (@ytirawi) April 1, 2023
The Hamas terror group issued a statement on Sunday that condemned the meeting as a “completely unacceptable normalization that contradicts the values of our nation of boycotting and opposing the terror regime.”
“This behavior betrays the legacy of our brave martyrs that calls for an escalation of resistance and a call to arms,” Hamas said.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Liberation Front for Palestine also condemned the meeting.
“This completely unacceptable act comes in the shadow of the crimes of the occupation and the continued terror against our people,” Islamic Jihad said. “It is a knife in the back of our brave resistance.”