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 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.