When a reporter was filming a live report Friday from the West Bank, an Israeli man approached her from behind, made faces at the camera and then broke out in the chant “El, el, Israel!”
Apparently unruffled by the interruption, the reporter used the man’s presence to bash Israelis.
"This is actual proof of the filth of settlers and their illegal presence on Palestinian land," the reporter said according to a translation by Israel’s Ynet News.
Wearing a t-shirt printed with the Hebrew word for “Samaria,” the man pointed to his shirt and said, "Read this, Samaria is the state's Iron Dome." Those who support Jewish communities in the biblical areas of Judea and Samaria often argue that they provide a buffer for the entire state of Israel. The Iron Dome is an anti-missile defense system that has intercepted rockets from Gaza during times of conflict with Hamas.
"This is actual proof of the filth of settlers and their illegal presence on Palestinian land," said the reporter who used the interruption to make a political — and arguably bigoted — statement. (Image source: YouTube)
The U.S. and most other countries consider the West Bank to be occupied territory that will one day be part of a Palestinian state.
The man’s chant, “El, el, Israel” could be a reference to God, which is “El” in Hebrew. The chant is also associated with Israeli soccer fans.
Ynet reported that the video of the Palestinian reporter for Roya TV went viral on Palestinian social media over the weekend. Check out the moment here: