It was all I could do not to leap from my chair and dance right along with them.

The place: Hebron, an Israeli-occupied Palestinian city. Or so I read. The event:

Remember a few weeks back when a video featuring a group of U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan performing their own version of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video stormed the Internet? Well, it looks like they’ve got some competition from their counterparts in the Israeli military, AFP reports.

The clip features six soldiers on patrol in Hebron, an ancient city on the West Bank, which is home to many sites that Jews, Muslims and Christians consider holy. Some 600 Israeli settlers live in the city among roughly 160,000 Palestinians – which means it has also been the site of tension over the Israeli occupation.

Here’s the video:

Now: we can kibbitz over the childishness of it all. We can argue over the complete lack of professionalism, for which the soldiers might be in actual trouble. We can avert our eyes at the dance moves.

But that’s neither here nor there, as far as I’m concerned. This is:

As the soldiers canvass the street with weapons in hand, a muezzin can be heard leading a call for Muslim prayers. Suddenly, Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” abruptly comes on and the six soldiers break out into a dance routine. After a few seconds of hearty gyrating, the soldiers promptly return to their patrol duty and to appropriate military postures

A Muslim call to prayer in an Israeli-occupied city. Would we expect to see Jews worshipping so openly, if the situation were reversed?

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