The Israel Defense Forces (IDF)‘s psychological warfare unit operated an unauthorized Telegram channel called ”72 Virgins – Uncensored,” the military admitted to Haaretz earlier this week after the newspaper reported on the channel last month.
The unit, whose primary targets are foreign and Israel-hostile audiences, created and operated the channel as early as October 9th, but the new channel was created for an Israeli audience, they now claim without authorization.
The channel’s administrators posted explicit content, including videos showing the bodies of murdered Palestinians, accompanied by the caption “Break the terrorists’ fantasies.” They also posted pictures and videos of the killing of Palestinians and footage of the Gaza Strip, inviting their followers to share the content.
Hareetz also alleged that the channel also shared exclusive information from IDF investigations, which only the Israeli defense establishment should have been privy to. Haaretz further noted that the channel’s operators used low register and crude language to disguise the channel’s origins.
This can be illustrated through headlines such as “Extermination of cockroaches… extermination of Hamas rats… Share this beauty”, which accompany photographs of captured Gazans and the bodies of slain Palestinians.
In the additional video, which shows a soldier allegedly dipping his bullets in pig fat, the text read: ”What a man!!!!! Helubricates his bullets with lard. You will not get your virgins.”
A different video, showing an Israeli car driving over the bodies of those killed, was accompanied by the comment ”Very good, Gershon!!! Run over him, run over him!!!! Bastards! Flatten them.”
The channel has collected around 5300 followers and shared hundreds of posts.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told Haaretz that after an investigation, “it was discovered that the IDF operated the sites without authorization and authority. The incident has been resolved.”, Klix.ba writes.