Netanyahu’s Advisor Offered Offensive Explanation of Why Palestinians Were Stripped Naked

Hundreds of Palestinians have been detained from Gaza since the beginning of Israel's ground invasion. (Photo: via Social Media)

“First of all, remember that we are in the Middle East here, and the weather is very hot,” Regev said to explain why Palestinians were stripped naked.

“We are in the Middle East, it is hot here”. ​​This is what Mark Regev, an advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in response to a question about stripping Palestinian civilians of their clothes, and binding and blindfolding them.

In an interview with Britain’s Sky News, the host inquired about pictures showing displaced Palestinians bound and stripped of their clothes in Gaza, which sparked outrage on social media.

“First of all, remember that we are in the Middle East here, and the weather is very hot,” Regev said. 

“It may not be a good idea to be asked to take your shirt off, but it is not the end of the world.

The show host pointed out that the Israeli forces released some Palestinian detainees after it was revealed that they were not affiliated with the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, and asked Netanyahu’s advisor whether this was a violation of the Geneva convention.

“These are not official videos that were released by the state of Israel,” Regev said.

The host insisted that if the video was shot by members of the Israeli army, that would constitute a clear breach of the Geneva Convention.

“I am not familiar to that extent with international law,” Regev said, “I have to check with my legal department.”

Disturbing Videos

Last Thursday, the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) published pictures and a video clip of dozens of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, reportedly arrested by the Israeli army during an operation in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians appeared sitting on a street in their underwear, surrounded by a number of Israeli soldiers, while trying to cover their chests with their hands.

Hamas denounced the Israeli unlawful arrest of displaced civilians in Gaza, noting that this was the behavior “of mercenaries and terrorist militias devoid of all values, customs and laws.”

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 17,997 Palestinians have been killed and 49,229 in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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