Israeli soldiers blasted for posting sexy videos on TikTok

Israeli soldiers blasted for posting sexy videos on TikTok
Published 8 months ago on Oct 25, 2023

The videos show young, gunslinging soldiers dancing as they show off their weapons. 

TikToker Natalia Fadeevy often shares snaps of herself in uniform

One of the TikTokers, Natalia Fadeevy, who says she served as an IDF Military Police reservist for three years, has gone viral for sharing pro-Israeli military content with her over a million TikTok followers. 

In one of her videos, she accuses Palestinians of ''faking funerals for the media'' while she captions another one: ''When they tried to destroy your nation but you ended up having one of the most powerful armies.'' 

Another TikToker posing up in front of weapons

In another clip the soldier claims ''I proudly served as a military police officier for three years in the IDF, now tell me, do I look like I could harm innocent civilians? 

''Stop spreading lies about Israel, we have the most moral military!'' 

Another glam TikToker, Yael Deri, who boasts an impressive 1.4 million followers, describes herself in her bio as a member of the Ta’oz battalion in the IDF. 

The TikToker often shares clips of her lipsyncing from military checkpoints. 

Israeli soldiers were criticised for sharing videos of them brandishing guns

Rebecca Stein, professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University and author of Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age told Rolling Stone that the IDF’s social media unit had ''a lot of control over the narrative.'' 

''They considered themselves pioneers in the language of social media, and that was important for them. 

''There is a long history within Israel of military iconography favoring the beauty in uniform as a nationalist symbol. 

''The military is using it in new ways to meet the needs of the digital moment.'' 

Israel is one of just a handful of countries in the world with conscription for females over the age of 18. 

In the case of Druze and Circassian Israelis, only males are conscripted, whereas Arabs are exempted altogether, though they can enlist if they so desire. 

The clips were posted after hundreds of people died in the conflict with Gaza

The normal length of compulsory military service for women is two years, with men having to serve an additional six months. 

The videos were shared just after the violence between Israel and Gaza resulted in 256 people being killed in Gaza, with 128 of them were civilians according to the UN while a total of 13 people were killed in Israel. 

Both sides claimed victory when the 11-day- battle ended after two weeks and one day in a ceasefire. 
After the ceasefire, Gaza was hit by airstrikes that Israel's military said were a response to the launching of incendiary balloons that caused fires in fields in the south of the country. 
In a statement issued after the raid, the military said it was prepared for "all scenarios, including renewed fighting" while a Hamas spokesman said Palestinians would continue to pursue their "brave resistance and defend their rights and sacred sites" in Jerusalem. 

Meanwhile, Israel's longest-serving prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted by a new, fragile coalition and Naftali Bennett was appointed the country's new leader. 

In some clips female soldiers are showing off their weapons

The early 1900s: British promote Zionist movement for a 'national home' for Jewish populations 
The Balfour Declaration, issued by the British government in 1917, announced Britain's promise for a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine, which was then under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. 

The promise appeased the Zionist movement, who believe in a Jewish right to the land of Jerusalem or Zion. 

Following the end of World War I, the region of Palestine was conceded by the Ottoman Empire and was placed under the rule of the British via a mandate from the League of Nations. 

The mandate was criticized for not taking into account the wants and needs of the Palestinians who resided in the land and wanted independence. 

Britain's promise, as well as Nazi persecution and the Holocaust during World War II, is cited as what led tens of thousands of Jewish civilians to migrate to Palestinian land into the 20s and 30s. 

Ongoing clashes between Palestinian Arabs and Jewish migrants in the region led to hundreds of deaths. 
1947-48: Partitioning Palestine into two states, the Arab-Israeli War begins 
In February 1947, the British proposed that the United Nations consider the future of Palestine and take over relations in the region amid ongoing tension. 

The United Nations later adopted a resolution to split Palestine into two independent states a "Jewish State" and an "Arab State" with Jerusalem under UN trusteeship, despite opposition from Palestinian Arabs of the region. 

Jerusalem, a city with religious significance to many groups, would remain under international control administered by the United Nations. 
Palestinians refused to recognize the resolution, and violent conflict between both groups continued. 

On May 15, 1948, Israel declared independence, thus beginning the Israeli-Arab War, with five Arab states fighting against the creation of the state. 

Palestinians were forced off their lands or fled en masse, marking the first large-scale exodus in what would become a decadeslong battle over land ownership, according to the United Nations. 

Israel, backed by foreign powers, won the war, and the territory was divided into three parts Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Egypt and Jordan retained control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, respectively, until 1967. 

The Gaza Strip is a 140 square mile strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea surrounded by Israel and Egypt. It is currently home to roughly 2 million people. 
The West Bank is a landlocked 2,200 square mile region bordered by Israel and Jordan with a population of roughly 3 million people. 

1967: Six-Day War 
On June 5, 1967, after a prolonged attrition war between Israel and Egypt, the Six-Day War broke out between Israel and its Arab neighbors. 
After six days of war, Israel captured Palestinian Arab territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Sinai Peninsula, as well as the Syrian territory of Golan Heights. 

The Six-Day War forced a majority of Palestinians to once again become refugees and began a decadeslong Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. 

1987: First Palestinian 'intifada,' or uprising, occurs 
The first yearslong uprising from Palestinian forces in their struggle for self determination began in 1987. 
It ended in 1993, when Israel's then-Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin, and then-leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasir Arafat signed the Oslo accords, which declared the PLO as a representative for the Palestinian people and recognized Israel's "right to exist in peace," according to the United States Department of State. 
A second Intifada (2000) from Palestinian forces, which ended in 2005, led to the Palestinian people's autonomous control of the West Bank and Gaza. 

In 2005, Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, uprooting its settlements in the region. 

The following year, Hamas won an election to control the Gaza Strip, kicking out representatives of the PLO. The armed takeover of Gaza by Hamas in 2007 prompted Israel to impose a blockade on Gaza. 
Israel imposes blockade 
Following the armed takeover, the surrounding countries of Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip which greatly restricts the movement of people and goods into and out of the area. 

These restrictions have been a concern of humanitarian groups around the world about the conditions in which Palestinians are forced to live. 

According to the European Commission, Palestinians are "denied adequate housing, access to services while subjected to forced evictions and movement restrictions." 

"In Gaza, recurrent cycles of hostilities, greater divisions, and a blockade have considerably worsened people's living conditions," the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations states on its website. 

According to the United Nations, 81% of the population in Gaza lives in poverty with food insecurity plaguing 63% of Gaza citizens. The unemployment rate is 46.6%, and access to clean water and electricity remains inaccessible at "crisis" levels, the agency states. 

In the years following, Hamas and Israel continue to engage in combat. 

Roughly 6,400 Palestinians and 300 Israelis had been killed in the ongoing violence since 2008, not counting the recent fatalities, the UN reported. 

Hamas launched missile attacks on Israel, and Israel fired massive strikes in retaliation. 

Israel engaged in major, large-scale military operations including: the 22-daylong 2008 "Operation Cast Lead;" the 2012 "Pillar of Defense" eight-day operation; and the "Protective Edge" operation in 2014. 
2023: The incursion against Israel by terrorist group Hamas 
At least 1,400 people have died and 4,629 others have been injured in Israel after the terrorist militant group Hamas launched an incursion on Saturday, Israeli authorities said. Hamas fired thousands of rockets toward Israel and an estimated 1,000 fighters crossed into the country from the neighboring Gaza Strip. Israeli officials said at least 130 civilians and soldiers have been taken hostage. 

Israeli forces have responded, declaring "a state of alert for war" and launching hundreds of retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza. 

Palestinian authorities said at least 5,791 have died and another 16,297 have been injured in Gaza by the Israeli response. 

In the wake of the Hamas attack this weekend, Israeli defense officials said the flow of all food and power to Gaza was being cut off in preparation for a "total siege." 

The attacks have launched renewed attention on the region's conflict, prompting protests around the world.


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