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Israeli Troops Light Hanukkah Candles in ‘Palestine Square,’ Gaza

Israeli troops celebrated the first day of Hanukkah by lighting candles on the battlefield Thursday night. In one case, it was also carried out in the midst of Palestine Square in central Gaza City, where Hamas recently filmed a propaganda video using Israeli hostages.

Hanukkah (or Hanukkah), also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrates the liberation of ancient Israel from Syrian and Greek occupation in the 2nd century BC. Despite being poorly equipped and vastly outnumbered by the Greeks, the Maccabean warriors won a decisive victory. . According to legend, when the Maccabees arrived at Jerusalem's holy temple, which had been corrupted by pagan worship, they found only enough oil for one night, but it miraculously continued to burn for eight days.

Today, this holiday is celebrated by lighting special menorahs known as “menorahs.” menorah or Chanukiyah, increase the number of candles each night for 8 nights. The theme of this holiday is bringing light into the darkness, which is especially poignant this year.

The first night of Hanukkah happens to be December 7th, and October 7th, when Hamas terrorists brutally murdered 1,200 people in Israel and took 240 hostages to Gaza, of which 138 remained. It's been two months since the horrific terrorist attack.

In a video widely shared on social media, the commander of an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) armored division is seen addressing troops raising an Israeli flag and setting up a menorah in Palestine Square. Hamas supporters there are mocking Israeli hostages. Both when they were captured and when they were released.

The commander says:

Today, exactly two months later, [the attack]Here, the cursed Palestine Square, the square where we celebrated when they murdered us, the square where we handed out sweets when they fired rockets into our cities, the square where they humiliated us as hostages. This is the central plaza that gave this. In this wicked square, the heart of the city, the center of the regime, the symbol of Hamas, the symbol of Gaza, we stand proud, with our heads held high, and strong, as we celebrate the first of Hanukkah. Light a candle. We illuminate the dark and night of Gaza City with your light, the light of purity, the light of goodness, and the light of hope and peace for the beloved nation of Israel. …Continue shining and dispelling the darkness until victory. …We love you and we are proud of you. To everyone in the State of Israel: Happy holidays!

Another video shared by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) shows General Yaron Finkelman, commander of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Southern Command, reciting a traditional blessing while lighting candles in Gaza. He also told the troops:

This has been a long, important and difficult war, and this is the symbolic moment when the Hanukkah candles are lit. Now that we are here in Jabaliya, our whole family is singing and lighting candles. Because they trust us and are proud of you and your great battle victory. You are…the Maccabees of today…and we will keep moving forward until victory.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lit the first candle at Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site. On Friday, he laid flowers at the funeral of his Sgt. (Answer) Gal Meir Eisenkot (25 years old), son of Gadi Eisenkot, Minister of War and former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

Gal Meir Eisenkot (25 years old) of the 699th Battalion, 551st Brigade, who was killed in action on December 6, 2023, attended the funeral of Sergeant Benjamin Netanyahu. He was the son of former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot. December 8, 2023 (Kobi Gideon, GPO)

Prime Minister Netanyahu said in a statement:

This enemy will not destroy us – we will destroy it. This enemy will not wipe us out, we will wipe it out. This enemy does not overcome us, we overcome it. This continues day and night and we will see it through to the end. I fully believe in the inherent power of these people, the power of life. However, this power of life sometimes requires us to endure the hardships of bereavement. Apparently, this is the price we pay for existing on this land, but we can live with it.

This year, we light our first Hanukkah candle knowing that this light will never go out. May we all have a happy holiday knowing that even if this holiday is diluted with sadness. I hope you have a nice vacation. ”

Hanukkah runs through December 15th, with the last night being Thursday, December 14th.

Joel B. Pollack is a senior editor at Breitbart News. Breitbart News Sunday Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT) on Sirius XM Patriot. He is the author of a new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Cadderly, you are abnormal.”. He is also the author of a recently published e-book. Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter @joelpolak.

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