Israeli soldiers proudly film deliberate destruction of Gaza gift shop and food aid

Israeli soldiers proudly film deliberate destruction of Gaza gift shop and food aid
Israeli troops have filmed themselves smiling and laughing while destroying a Gaza gift shop and aid supplies intended for suffering residents of the besieged territory.
3 min read
11 December, 2023
Israeli soldiers have filmed themselves mistreating Palestinians in Gaza [Getty]

Videos of Israeli soldiers destroying shops and food supplies in Gaza have gone viral as Israel continues its indiscriminate bombardment and destructive ground invasion across the besieged Palestinian enclave.

In a widely shared video, an Israeli soldier can be seen laughing as he smashes toys, ornaments and other items in a ruined shop in the Jabalia Refugee camp north of Gaza city, according to recently shared footage.

Israeli airstrikes on the camp have killed dozens of civilians and forced the remaining residents to flee their homes.

Another video appears to show Israeli soldiers destroying food and water by setting fire to aid supplies on the back of a lorry in the Shejaiya area, amid the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Janine di Giovanni, the CEO of the Reckoning Project said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that Israeli soldiers were "documenting their own war crimes". 

Other footage has been shared showing Israeli soldiers mistreating Palestinian detainees in Israeli captivity, including Diaa Al-Kahlout, the Gaza correspondent for The New Arab's sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

The footage showed dozens of Palestinian civilians stripped down to their underwear and held next to a building, with Israeli soldiers calling a prisoner over to place a gun next to a tank.

However, although the Israeli military claims that the video shows surrendered Hamas fighters, social media users have pointed out similarities to earlier footage showing dozens of civilians being detained by the Israeli military.

In a post on X, Marc Owen Jones, associate professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, said the video showing a Palestinian handing over a gun to the Israeli military could have been staged to back Israeli claims the detainees were Hamas fighters.

In addition to the Al-Araby Al-Jadeed journalist, other civilians have been identified.

Israel's indiscriminate war on Gaza have killed around 18,000 people and injured nearly 50,000 more, according to figures released by Gaza's Ministry of Health.

Writing in The LA Times Phillip Lazzarini, the Commissioner-General of the UN's Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), accused Israel of using food, water and fuel "as weapons of war in Gaza".

He added that UNRWA's "ability to continue delivering its mandate in Gaza has become very limited".