Israeli army raids West Bank village, arrests minors and steals gold jewelry

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Two weeks ago, Israeli Border Police officers sicced a dog on protesters in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum (Photo: PSCC)

One of the most important WikiLeaks documents on Israel was a cable describing a February 2010 meeting between the Israeli and US militaries in which Amos Gilad, an Israeli defense official, says, “we don’t do Gandhi very well.”

Gilad’s right. The Israeli army’s crackdown last night on the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum is only the latest example of how Israel deals with the popular resistance movement in Palestine. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) routinely raid West Bank villages that resist settlements and the separation barrier, and arrest, harass and beat residents, including protest leaders.

Kafr Qaddum is one of the newer villages to join the popular resistance struggle, holding demonstrations against settlement encroachment for the past 9 months, according to the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC). Last night, 20 people from the village were arrested by the IDF. This raid comes a few days after a Monday raid on the village in which the IDF attempted to arrest a 2-year-old.

The PSCC statement has more

Several of the raided houses were ransacked and left with extensive damages to their interior. Soldiers have gone as far as pillaging gold jewelry estimated in thousands of Shekels from the house belonging to Atta Shtawi, whose son Sabri was detained.

Among those arrested are three minors–one 16-year-old and two 17 year-old – as well as Riad Shtewi, a member of the village’s popular committee.

Ma’an News also reported on the raid.

Two weeks ago, an Israeli military dog chased after protesters in the village and injured Ahmed Shtawi, a demonstrator.

Popular struggle leaders in Kafr Qaddum say they won’t be deterred by the Israeli repression. After the attempted arrest of his son, one popular struggle leader in the village, Murad Shtayeh, told the Electronic Intifada’s Linah Alsaafin that the army “thought this stunt — whether carried through or not — would serve as a punishment for us, but the truth is that it will not deter us from our protests.”

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  1. marc b.
    April 6, 2012, 12:11 pm

    no offense to animal lovers (i have a dog) but my vision of non-violent resistance does not include submitting yourself non-violently to a mauling by german/belgian shepherd.

  2. DICKERSON3870
    April 6, 2012, 1:11 pm

    RE: “The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) routinely raid West Bank villages that resist settlements and the separation barrier, and arrest, harass and beat residents, including protest leaders.” ~ Alex Kane

    FROM ALISTAIR CROOKE, London Review of Books, 03/03/11:

    (excerpts). . . It was [Ariel] Sharon who pioneered the philosophy of ‘maintained uncertainty’ that repeatedly extended and then limited the space in which Palestinians could operate by means of an unpredictable combination of changing and selectively enforced regulations, and the dissection of space by settlements, roads Palestinians were not allowed to use and continually shifting borders. All of this was intended to induce in the Palestinians a sense of permanent temporariness. . .
    . . . It suits Israel to have a ‘state’ without borders so that it can keep negotiating about borders, and count on the resulting uncertainty to maintain acquiescence. . .

    SOURCE –
    ALSO SEE: Learned helplessness

  3. Kathleen
    April 6, 2012, 2:06 pm
    So Netanyahu’s aim is clear: keeping control of the West Bank forever.

  4. ritzl
    April 6, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Is it possible to filter back to the original reporters on these stories that it would be immensely helpful include the unit (e.g. Golani Brigade) that is perpetrating these atrocities? In many cases there’s a direct BDS link to a sponsor/supporter of these units, and it makes it easier to identify the associated products.

    It also makes it easier to bring up, say, the picture in this article on a smartphone and make the specific, timely, motivation-to-product-avoidance connection to shoppers, newbs, or other passers-by.

    Dog attacks (or pillage) tend to get people piqued enough to pay attention for a moment.

  5. Pamela Olson
    April 7, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Loot and pillage thine enemy. Doesn’t the Bible say that?

    A fascinating study was done where Israeli school children were asked whether it was good that Joshua ransacked and destroyed Jericho and massacred its people. Most said it was fine, and among the ones who didn’t think it was fine, they said things like, “They shouldn’t have killed the animals, they could have taken them and used them for the benefit of the Jewish people.”

    These are young children. Terrifying. The author of the study was, of course, sacked by Tel Aviv University:–reason-how-joshua-claimed-a-20thcentury-victim-1288505.html

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