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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Searching for Hametz

The IDF has been searching for documents tying Hamas institutions to the funding of terror. They hope to use those documents as evidence against the Hamas 'legislators' and 'cabinet ministers' who were arrested last week. While you all know that I think that the answer to terrorism is to destroy the terrorists, not to arrest them, I have no objection to gathering evidence that can be shown to our allies that proves that Hamas funds terrorism. It worked with Arafat!

The JPost has an account of one search for documents that took place yesterday in the Judean town of Samua, near the Jewish town of Otniel in the Hebron Hills. As you read this (and I urge you to read the whole thing), keep in mind that if Ehud Olmert's convergence consolidation realignment surrender, expulsion and suicide plan goes through, raids like this one will be difficult or impossible to carry out.

"Hamas is an organization that operates terrorist activity through Dawa institutions," the lieutenant-colonel told subordinates before the raid. "We need to do everything to crack down on this organization."

As the soldiers leave the school, they spot four Palestinians hiding in a nearby hut and order them to stand facing a concrete wall outside.

An officer begins drilling 19-year-old named Ahmed regarding the location of the Dawa offices in Samua. The visibly frightened man says he works in a vegetable store and was walking home with friends after watching the France-Germany World Cup match when he saw the soldiers and decided to hide in a nearby hut.

After some coaxing, Ahmed points to a tall green-lit building. "That is the Dawa office," he says.

The troops quickly take up positions as the company commander and a few soldiers begin searching the building to ensure that Ahmed hadn't sent them into a trap. After a quick search, the soldiers begin kicking in doors and find offices filled with Hamas charity documents and computers.

Maj. Sha'adi, an officer with the Civil Administration, which supplied the intelligence for the operation, sifts through the documents and fills cardboard boxes with material to be analyzed by intelligence experts.

As the troops file back into their armored vehicles after another long night on the prowl, Didi and his men return to base, knowing it won't be long before they enter nearby villages in search of terrorists and the money that supports them.


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