Bil’in invaded for the fourth time in three days

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(Photo: Hamde Abu Rahme)

The following is an update to a story we posted yesterday:

Today, November 10th, the village of Bi’lin was raided again. The Israeli Army entered at around 8 pm for the second time today. In the morning, at around 3.00 am, they entered the village with five jeeps and searched Ashraf al-Khatib‘s home. The soldiers also broke down the door of the neighbor’s house, and went in. However, they were not able to find who they were looking for in either of the houses.

When people from the village arrived, the 20 soldiers pointed their guns directly in the face of the people, and acted very aggressively. They also broke down the door of al-Khatib’s house when they entered.

Later, the same night, the army returned to the village, about 9 pm. Soldiers entered al-Khatib’s house again, also this time failing to find him there. The soldiers then took off and left the village, for the second time that evening.

These two raids make it a total of four raids over the last three days. Ashraf al-Khatib is obviously a target these days. Earlier today, al-Khatib received a phone call from a captain in the Israeli intelligence (Shabak/Shin Bet), demanding to see him in Ofer Military Prison. It was made clear that until he shows up for interrogation the army will come to his house frequently. This is a well known tactic used by Israel, to terrorize the village and the families involved to make life unbearable for them.

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  1. Colin Murray
    November 10, 2010, 3:38 pm

    … demanding to see him in Ofer Military Prison.

    By what criterion is one summoned by the authorities in Israel with …

    “We want to ask you a few questions. Come down to the military prison”

    instead of …

    “We want to ask you a few questions. Come down to the station.”

    Is it ethnicity? WWNBJ?

    • Avi
      November 10, 2010, 8:19 pm

      Colin Murray November 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

      … demanding to see him in Ofer Military Prison.

      By what criterion is one summoned by the authorities in Israel with …

      There is no criterion — legal or otherwise. The most senior official in the occupied territories is the regional military commander who has the authority to imprison any Palestinian for as long as he wishes so long as he cites “Security” as justification for imprisonment.

      All other commanders and officers below him can imprison any Palestinian for a period of six (6) months, extended upon the approval of the regional commander.

      Note that the term “regional commander” is not limited to the individual holding that position, but extends to encompass the office of the regional military commander, a bureaucracy.

      • Citizen
        November 11, 2010, 7:36 am

        I see our betters in the US government are working hard to bring our way of life up to Iraeli standards for Palestinians. The justification is the same: Security. Israel has no Constitution. We do, but its been getting thinner and thinner ever since 9/11 (while the rights of Goldman Sachs grow).

  2. Chu
    November 10, 2010, 4:03 pm

    I get so verclempt seeing Jewish solders. It just melts my heart with pride.

    • Citizen
      November 11, 2010, 7:39 am

      Yeah, me too. Funny, I never saw even one of those inspiring guys during my enlistment service in the US Army.

  3. eljay
    November 10, 2010, 5:25 pm

    >> These two raids make it a total of four raids over the last three days.

    My goodness, just look how at hard the Israeli forces are working to “humanize ‘the Other'” and to make “better wheels”! It’s amazing that Palestinians continue to hate Israel for its freedoms…

  4. annie
    November 10, 2010, 5:46 pm

    so what did he do anyway? hi asgraf, come on down we want to administer detention /torture on you . we have some future torturers to train and we’re short a suspect.

  5. MRW
    November 10, 2010, 6:37 pm

    These photos show Israel in direct contravention of the Geneva Convention.

    • Citizen
      November 11, 2010, 7:42 am

      Geneva? Hey, we don’t glorify shiksa goddesses. We glorify Golda! We’re not shallow.

  6. syvanen
    November 10, 2010, 6:42 pm

    This reminds me of an essay think was by Avenery a couple years back. It was about the dismal showing that the IDF made in combat with Hezbollah fighters in 2006. One on one, they really got their asses kicked.

    The point was that an army that is trained to terrorize civilians loses its ability to fight real soldiers. Those of us old enough, recall how the Argentine army simply collapsed before a British regiment in the Malvinas War, but perhaps never made the linkage to that collapse that it was an army that spent the previous decade terrorizing the Argentine people.

    A very small silver lining but you can see in the above photo the Israeli soldier looks terrified as he points his gun at that woman — imagine how he will react when confronted with a hezbollah warrior shooting back.

    • Avi
      November 11, 2010, 12:34 am

      In addition, there is also a psychological factor at play here.

      By the time Israeli soldiers are face to face with Palestinian civilians they have already gone through the military’s initial indoctrination process. The social indoctrination process where soldiers seek acceptance according to norms and mainstream opinion, coupled with an overall culture of occupation and racism, brings the average soldier to a point where he/she views an unarmed Palestinian civilian as an existential threat. That Palestinian becomes the embodiment of everything that is evil and destructive. Of course, that indoctrination has already positioned that civilian as belonging to a group that allegedly seeks to destroy Israel. Therefore, that Palestinian is no longer a mere civilian, he is also a potential Hamasnick, a potential future Hamasnick or just a Palestinian — which by default renders that civilian “The Enemy”. Thus, it becomes a matter of “My People” vs. “Those who seek to destroy me and mine”; a boogieman under every bed, around every corner.

      • Citizen
        November 11, 2010, 7:46 am

        Did the Israelis eve fight a war against a real military power? Perhaps they did; anyone know of one?

      • Citizen
        November 11, 2010, 8:06 am

        The Arab governments came to war against Israel without planning, and their preparedness was not proportionate to the size of the mission. Arab countries with petroleum gave some financial assistance to poor Arab governments for the sake of war, but these countries did not commit any military divisions in battles. Because of this, the number of Arab lives lost was incomparably larger than the number of Israeli losses. In comparison, later a few hundred Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim alone were able to fulfill what Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States were unable to fulfill. The few hundred Lebanese defeated Israel, forced its army to retreat and liberated an important portion of the occupied land of South Lebanon. 

  7. pabelmont
    November 11, 2010, 10:04 am

    Did Israel ever fight a real army?

    In 1973 Israel had to fight a bit. Egypt had improved its war-fighting and had the advantage of surprise. . But equipment wins in the end. Egypt’s army was probably bigger in personnel than Israel’s (I’m surmising) but not better trained and especially not better equipped.

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