Public uproar is echoing all throughout Israel. Why?
This video is the cause. It shows two Israeli soldiers, joining in among a throng of Palestinians, dancing with them, not firing upon them. It's a peaceful gesture, not a warlike, confrontational one. Perhaps a bit more dancing and a lot less shooting would lead to something constructive in the way of peace in this long, war torn area.
What we have to ask is why being moved by mutual love of music is wrong, and a government-sanctioned, staged soccer game between Israelis and Palestinians is okay? Isn't using spontaneous rhythm better and than guns and grenades? How can peace be achieved if soldiers are relieved of duty and punished for furthering a peace "movement?"
According to HuffPo World reporting:
An Israeli military spokesman said today that it considered the incident on Monday as “serious”.
He added that “the soldiers exposed themselves to unnecessary danger and were disciplined accordingly”.
Reports said that those involved had been suspended from duty.
The television channel said that the club was frequented by members of a Palestinian clan known for its pro-Hamas tendencies. Hebron has been a flashpoint of violence between Jews and Palestinians for decades.
I'm married to an Israeli woman. So if anyone pays special attention to the war zone, it's a Sabra (native born Israeli) and his/her family.
Our household finds the dancing together a hopeful sign of peace when the region is so wrought with fear and tension. It's not like the official and staged for publicity Palestinian-Israeli talks the government are having are producing better results. Maybe less Knesset, less Bibbi Netenyahu and more good ol' friendly neighbor-to-neighbor negotiations might be in order. Play on Psy. Maybe you'll get more than a Grammy. Maybe the Nobel Peace Prize is in your future.