Israeli troopers filmed burning books in Gaza, IDF opens investigation | EUROtoday

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” LThe behavior in the video is not consistent with the values ​​of the IDF, which says it “respects all religions” and “categorically condemns this type of behavior.” An investigation was opened by the criminal unit of the Israeli military police after the publication on social networks of a photo and a video showing what appears to be several of its soldiers burning books in Gaza.

The video, which has gone viral but whose authenticity Agence France-Presse (AFP) had not yet been able to verify on Friday, May 24, shows a soldier wearing fatigues similar to those used in the Israeli army and throwing a book that could be a copy of the Quran in a fire.

Another picture extensively shared on-line reveals what seems to be an Israeli soldier posing in entrance of burning books in Gaza. The video and the picture had been broadcast on Israeli tv.

Another felony investigation already opened in February

A reporter for the investigative and fact-checking web site Bellingcat decided that the book-laden cabinets that seem within the background of the picture match these of the Al-Aqsa University library in Gaza. Since the beginning of the battle in Gaza, triggered by the Hamas assault on October 7, Israeli troopers have been accused of publishing content material degrading to Palestinian civilians by way of their private accounts on social networks.

In February, the military introduced the opening of a felony investigation into a number of incidents of alleged misconduct by troopers in the course of the battle. These incidents “raised suspicions of mistreatment of detainees, deaths of detainees, looting and illegal use of force,” military common counsel Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi stated on the time. .