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Israeli soldiers suspended for dancing 'Gangnam Style' at Palestinian party

Two Israeli soldiers have been suspended for participating in what some are calling "'Gangnam Style' diplomacy."
Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Aug. 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 29 (UPI) -- When two IDF soldiers -- in uniform and carrying guns -- were lured into a Hebron club by the recognizable beats of 2012's inescapable K-pop hit, "Gangnam Style," they couldn't help but join in with the Palestinian crowd.

Cell phone video captured the unlikely moment, in which one soldier was actually hoisted onto the shoulders of a Palestinian partygoer.

Social media users who saw the video were taken by the notion that a Korean rapper's dance anthem could bring two sides of a long-running conflict onto the same dance floor. Many wondered if the peace process needed a little more cultural diplomacy.



But not everyone was a fan.

The Israeli Defense Forces launched an investigation into the cross-cultural dance party, and said that "the soldiers exposed themselves to unnecessary danger and were disciplined accordingly."

Both were placed on suspension pending an investigation.

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