A group of soldiers serving near the Palestinian city of Jenin were reprimanded on Wednesday for filming a video in honor of Eurovision newcomer Nadav Guedj during a military operation in the West Bank.
The four Paratroopers Brigade soldiers, who were scheduled to end their three-year mandatory service in August, filmed themselves dancing and singing to the catchy pop tune “Golden Boy” while on patrol at the West Bank security barrier.
The 25-second video, which garnered thousands of views and comments online, also was seen by the crew’s commanders, who were less enthused.
“The video in question was taken during a military operation.
It not only put lives in danger, but was shot on an unauthorized cellphone that was used without permission,” the IDF spokesman’s unit said.
Despite the breach of protocol, the soldiers were spared a prison sentence, getting a three-week disciplinary punishment instead.
Doron Medali, the man who wrote Israel’s Eurovision entry – which finished in ninth place
at the international song competition in Vienna last week – got wind of the soldiers’ fate and promised to send them “Golden Boy” T-shirts as gifts.
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