After the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped by Hamas militants from Hebron were uncovered yesterday near Halhul, the occupied West Bank, racist attacks against Palestinians have been on the rise. Two protests, each attended by hundreds of people, took place in Jerusalem where mobs chanted again and again “Revenge!”, “Death to Arabs”, and “Jews are good [literally, “souls”], Arabs and sons of whores”.
Death to Arab chants in central Jerusalem yesterday. Some of the protesters attempted to attack a Palestinian worker of McDonalds
A new facebook page titled “The People of Israel Demand Revenge“, managed to gain over 32,000 “likes” in about 24 hours.Young Israelis post photos of themselves on this page calling for revenge against Palestinians. Among those young Israelis are soldiers, many of them from units that serve in the occupied Palestinian territories. All the photos in this post were taken from that facebook page. Expressing political opinion and taking photos inside army bases is strictly prohibited under IDF rules, which it the reason most of the soldiers covered or didn’t show their faces.
UPDATE, July 2, 2014, 10:14 AM: After gaining over 32,000 likes, the main facebook page was taken down. Three pages with the same name are still operating.
UPDATE, 21:55, July 2, 2014: See new photos at the bottom
UPDATE: July 3, 2014, 21:15: New photos added at the bottom from the facebook page “Death Sentence to Terrorists” that currently has over 13,000 “likes” and some new pages that replaced pages that were removed by facebook.
Soldiers from the Kfir unit, which operates almost exclusively in the occupied West Bank
“We too are fighters of the Kfir Division, Netzah Yehuda Battalion [entirely made up of Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews]… support a death penalty to all the terrorists who are acting freely in the State of Israel! WE CAME TO AVENGE”
A soldier inside an IDF base with a Kfir Division beret: “Besiata Deshmaya [God willing in Aramaic, written on the side of the page, indicating to the soldier is religious/traditional]. The people pf Israel demand revenge”
Wearing a Kfir beret: “The people of Israel demand revenge”
Next to the shoulder tags of the the Kfir Brigade and a general IDF beret indicating that the soldier was drafted in March 2014 (the November 2013 batch of soldiers received their Kfir berets last week): “Revenge” written in M16/M4 bullets.
A beret of the Israeli Police and unit pin of the Border Police, a unit of the Israeli police that Israelis enlist to at the age of 18 instead of IDF service. The unit operates in the occupied territories (especially east Jerusalem) and inside Israel as well, and is often involved in repressing protests.
“I TOO WANT REVENGE!!! This time we’re not letting it slide – hit them at full force! Jewish blood demands revenge!”
Wearing a beret of the Border Police with gloves, a coat and balaclava that are not supplied by the unit and must have been purchased independently. There are people who volunteer in Border Police, so it is possible he is not a soldier. The writing on the image: “Death to Arabs”. The sign he’s holding reads: “Death penalty to terrorists! and to the haters of Israel! [a common way to refer to leftists]. R.E.V.E.N.G.E!
Wearing a beret of the Home Command Division, a division that is responsible for civil preparedness for war. This is a soldier from the Rescue Battalions, a combat unit within the division. The soldier is standing in an IDF base holding a shortened M-16 rifle with a 40mm grenade launcher. The writing on his body: “Revenge”
UPDATE, July 3, 2014, 17:04: Image found on a new facebook page called: “The blood of the teens screams: murder the Arabs – the people demand revenge”
UPDATE, July 1, 2014, 20:16
With berets of the Kfir Division and Negev light machine guns: “Bibi, let us avenge. Netzah Yehuda”
Female soldier with a Home Command beret. Her dog tags are covered with insignia of the 846th Special Troops Battalion, “Samson’s Foxes”, part of the Givati Division. Wearing a different beret than your division is forbidden under IDF rules, but wearing a different dog tags covers is quite common and usually signifies that the soldier has an older brother or boyfriend who serves or served in the unit. On her hand: “death to terrorists!”
“Revenge” written in M-16 bullets. The pin and shoulder tags are of the 601 Battalion of the Combat Engineering Corps, the rifles are shortened M-16 rifles. The soldier who took the photo was drafted into the IDF in March 2014, this is because once the soldiers join their battalion they are given M4 rifles. A soldier currently serving in the Combat Engineering Corps identified the floor as one of the residence of recruits in boot-camp in the School for Combat Engineering base (BAHALATZ) in southern Israel.
Photo taken from a new page titled “The People of Israel Demand Revenge” that currently has only 432 likes.
“Revenge” written in bullets and shortened M-16 rifles. The quality of the photo is quite poor so it’s hard to tell which unit this soldier belongs to, but it appears that the hat bears the insignia of some C4I Corps battalion. The shoes in the photo are usually work by NCOs who’ve completed they’re obligatory IDF service.
Photo found on a recently created facebook page titled: “Bibi, the people of Israel demand revenge”
Next to Golani Brigade beret, shoulder tags and dog tags cover. The pin is work by soldiers from the 12, 13 and 51th battalions. The written message: “Besiata deshmaya. Mister Bibi, if it had been your son, Yair [Netanyahu’s older son], what would you have done? The people DEMAND R-E-V-E-N-G-E! We won’t give up! If need be, we will start a civil war and the power will be back in our hands!”
UPDATE: July 4, 13:07
“Revenge” is written. The soldier is wearing a Kfir beret and carrying an M4 rifle. Found on the facebook page “Death Sentence to Terrorists” that currently has over 13,000 “likes”
UPDATE, July 6, 23:27