Israelis celebrate as Gaza is bombed killing mainly civilians

29th Aug 2014

Israeli celebrating

[From soliders wearing T-shirt celebrate the destruction of Gaza to settlers placing chairs on tops of hills to cheer on the missles strik ing homes to protestors in Tel-Aviv singing about the deaths of chil dren. For many Israelis the deaths of Gazans was a cause for celebration]

Alisha Khan

A video has surfaced on the internet showing Israeli soldiers cheering with delight as missiles hit buildings including Palestinian houses in Gaza. The video that showed the destruction of Palestinian houses and many other buildings in Gaza was captured on the phone of an Israeli Defence Force soldier.

The video was quickly deleted and is no longer available to watch.

On July 17 a similar situation occurred when CNN reporter Diana Magnay was reporting live from the Israel-Gaza border, and in the background, Israelis were seen to be cheering and celebrating as missiles flew into the Gaza Strip. She described in her report the cheering of the strikes as ‘astonishing, macabre and awful’. However, the tweet she shared later received more attention.

“Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.”

The tweet was later deleted by the British journalist but not before it was retweeted over 200 times. A CNN spokesperson later stated that Magnay was threatened and harassed before and during the report. She also added: “She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew. She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

Magnay was later pulled out of her post by the CNN covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reassigned to Moscow.

In another incident, The Guardian reported that Israelis would gather on hillsides to witness the explosions in Gaza whilst lounging on sofas, eating and drinking – some even posed for selfies with plumes of black smoke visible in the background.

Despite this, the Israeli Government insists that there is a sense of terror amongst the people of Israel.

International Business Times shared a video which showed right-wing Israeli protests gathered together in Tel-Aviv, chanting “There’s no children left there [in Gaza]” and “Gaza is a cemetery”.

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