'Harlem Shake' gets the shakedown by IDF commanders
Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai circulates memo to army commanders telling them to prevent soldiers from uploading "visual content unbecoming of the spirit of the IDF" to social media websites.
IDF troops do the "Harlem Shake."
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Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai has circulated a memo to army commanders in recent days on the use of social media websites by soldiers, calling on them to cease uploading "visual content unbecoming of the spirit of the IDF."
In the memo, Mordechai said that "these types of activities create a negative image," and pointed out that they often violated security directives.
Mordechai apparently sent the memo in response to several recent incidents seen as having damaged the IDF's public image. One such incident involved Armored Corps soldiers performing the Harlem Shake dance and posting the video online.
In other instances, soldiers have photographed themselves and their comrades in "unflattering" poses. One notorious photograph that reached the Internet was of a Palestinian in the crosshairs of a soldier's rifle scope.
IDF officials rejected the idea of a connection between the recent violence in Judea and Samaria and the published social media images, saying that the memo was written some time ago.