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Israeli 'Gangnam Style' Discoing on Duty Gets Soldiers Suspended

By Michael Mullins   |   Friday, 30 Aug 2013 07:06 AM

Israeli soldiers, the song "Gangnam Style," and a Palestinian disco don't go together, at least in the opinion of Israeli military officials.

Several Israeli soldiers were suspended after a video surfaced showing them dancing with Palestinian men to the popular pop song at a disco tech in the West Bank when they were supposed to be on patrol, the London Evening Standard reported.

The Israeli soldiers were patrolling the Jabara neighbourhood of Hebron when they apparently stumbled upon the disco and proceeded to join the revelers

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Israel’s Channel 2 subsequently aired the footage and it shows at least one soldier in uniform with flak jacket and helme sitting on a Palestinian's shoulders as he is moved about the dance floor.

Holding a rifle in one arm and joining hands with a Palestinian man with the other, the Israeli soldier is surrounded by dozens of Palestinian men who in the video are seen singing and dancing to the backdrop of flashing lights and loud music.

Reacting to the video, an Israeli military spokesman on Thursday described the incident as "serious," adding that "the soldiers exposed themselves to unnecessary danger and were disciplined accordingly."

The details of the disciplinary action were not disclosed, but local reports said the Israeli soldiers had been suspended from duty.

The neighborhood in which the club is located has seen some of the worst violence between Jews and Palestinians.

The club at which the Israeli soldiers decided to let loose is known for being frequented by a Palestinian clan with ties to Hamas – the Islamic terrorist organization that for decades has fought Israeli forces and targeted Israeli civilians with both rocket and suicide bombings.

An internet sensation, "Gangnam Style" has grossed over 1.75 billion views on Youtube, making it the single most watch music video worldwide of all time.

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