An Israeli news site, on Thursday, removed a game inviting players to help Israeli forces âneutralize terroristsâ, shortly after it appeared on the siteâs main children’s section, calling the game a âmistakeâ.News site Arutz Sheva (Channel 7) posted the game, wherein players âassist security forces in neutralizing the terrorists that are attacking us.â
The site pulled the game — entitled âNeutralize the Terroristâ — from the main page after media criticism, according to Israeli news site the Jerusalem Post.
According to Ma’an News Agency, the game offered a choice of three weapons with which to either kill or beat the âterrorist,â who is brandishing guns, Molotov cocktails, and a knife.
The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron — a current flashpoint between Palestinian locals and Israeli settlers and military present in the area — was one of several backdrops to the childrenâs game, which ran phrases ‘Long live Israel’ and ‘Help the IDF win.â
A crude cartoon depiction of a Palestinian-Muslim man wearing a turban appears in front of the holy site brandishing a weapon.
The game was released in light of a series of attempted, alleged, and actual stabbing attacks carried out by Palestinians on Israeli military and civilians.
Israeli forces were criticized last month for their âshoot first, ask laterâ policy during such attacks, while Israeli MKs received flack for inciting violence against Palestinians.
Over 70 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of last month, several of which rights groups labelled âextrajudicial killingâ carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians who did not pose a threat at the time of their death.