Palestinians Dance to Lady Gaga in Hebron, to Counter Video Made by IDF Troops

Video created in response to clip posted on YouTube last week by soldiers who performed routine to Kesha's hit Tik Tok.

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Palestinian residents of Hebron and their Israeli supporters have posted on YouTube a dance-video of their own, to respond to one created by Israel Defense Forces troops apparently bored during patrol duty in the contentious West Bank city.

The minutes-long video created by six soldiers shows them stopping patrol to dance to American electro-pop singer Kesha's hit Tik Tok. The video "Batallion 50 Rock the Hebron Casbah" shows six dancing Nahal Brigade soldiers, armed and wearing bulletproof vests, patrolling as a Muslim call to prayer is heard. Then the music changes and they break into a Macarena-like dance.

The army called their video a stunt, but promised that the soldiers would face disciplinary action over the matter.

The video garnered hundreds of thousands of clips on YouTube, after it was pulled from the web by its creator and then reposted.

Palestinians and activists choreographed a video of themselves in response, showing two kaffiyeh-clad men searched, handcuffed and arrested as Lady Gaga's Poker Face plays in the background.

The response video has already received a number of responses, including calls to stop the "occupation and apartheid."

Similar clips involving other armies have grabbed headlines in recent months, including one of American forces in Afghanistan doing their take on a Lady Gaga song.

IDF soldiers in the West Bank city of HebronCredit: Ofen Hagai / Archive



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