Israeli troops loot food, clothes, furniture, equipment from orphanage
From Khalid Amayreh in Hebron – uruknet.info March 7, 2008
Awwad said the soldiers seized hundreds of crates of frozen meet, numerous food containers as well as a huge amount of clothes, including Pajamas, underwear, sanitary material, toilet papers, shoes, sport equipment, blankets, mattresses, and handkerchiefs.
“They even looted female children underwear, They robbed us clean.”” Awwad said.
Ahmed Farrah, a Hebron charity official, accused the Israeli army of “treating us like the Nazis treated Jews during WWII.”
“It is very clear that they are behaving like the Gestapo and SS.”
An Israeli army spokesman said the increasingly draconian campaign against Islamic and other Palestinian charitable institutions is “part of the IDF efforts to fight Palestinian terror.”
Israel routinely refers to any form of resistance to its 40-year brutal occupation of the Palestinian homeland as “acts of terror.”
The spokesman said the army believed the Islamic Charitable Society in Hebron was linked to Hamas, which Israel views as the Zionist state’s number-1 enemy.
However, Farrah strongly denies any connections with Hamas or any other Palestinian factions.
“We are a charitable society, we have nothing to do with politics. We have been functioning since 1964, before the Israeli occupation, and the Israeli army and intelligence services investigated us numerous times and they never found any evidence suggesting any illegal activities.
“So the real reason is that they want to weaken the Palestinian society, they want to liquidate our social and educational infrastructures.”
Farrah said he believed the real motive behind this “barbaric rampage” was related to the Israeli hatred of Islam as a religion, saying that Islam was the last-remaining obstacle obstructing a possible liquidation by Israel of the Palestinian cause.
“And the second reason is that they want to torment us and spite us off in the hope that we will surrender to their designs.
“But that won’t happen. Never, ever.”
Last week, the Israeli army stormed and took over several school buildings, orphanages, businesses and other premises owned by the Islamic Charitable Society, the largest in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The confiscated property included an orphanage, two schools, a supermarket, and several multi-story apartment buildings and several school buses and thousand of other items.
The army brought in huge trucks for moving the looted materials, including computers, cabinets, chairs, kitchen appliances, and teaching aids to a nearby army base.
“They even took aluminum windows,” said Mua’atsem Shawar, a charity worker.
According to the confiscation order, any Palestinian entering the sealed buildings for whatever reasons will be imprisoned for a minimum of five years and have his property confiscated or demolished.
The Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas issued a mild denunciation of “the Israeli aggression on our civilian institutions.”
The PA (Fatah) governor of Hebron Hussein al Araj said he was “astonished and shocked by this behavior,” which he said was incompatible with ongoing efforts to reach peace between the PA and Israel.
“It is an illegal and unlawful act. We will pursue this problem through legal channels.”
However, some Hebronite figures have implicitly accused the PA regime of conniving with Israel against the Islamic Charities.
“They want to control these charities. And if Fatah is allowed to control them, they are finished,” said Akram Nasseruddin, a local businessman.
“Fatah can’t be trusted. People here don’t trust it, and wouldn’t give them charity money.”
The part of Hebron in which the Islamic Charitable Society is located is supposed to be under the authority of the Western-backed Ramallah regime of Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
However, the Israeli government, especially ever since the rift between Hamas and Fatah last year, has come to view Abbas the PA as a quisling entity.
This is evident from almost daily Israeli raids and incursions inside Palestinian population centers, including the PA’s own de facto capital, Ramallah.
It doesn’t get much lower than this. Yet a relatively short time back the Israeli Defense Force was being described by Ehud Olmert as ‘the most moral army in the world’. So not only is Israel’s army a criminal outfit, its political leaders are outright liars too.