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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Outrage: Israel provided food and blankets to potential terrorists

Australia's Canberra Times interviews 'Palestinian' farmers from Gaza who allege that they were strip-searched by IDF troops and then isolated away from a battlefield and given food and blankets. The paper claims that the farmers were used as human shields (Hat Tip: IMRA).
Palestinian farmers from the neighbourhood of al-Atatra, about 10 kilometres north of the centre of Gaza City, said Israeli ground troops arrived in the area on January 7.

Samir Abu Dayer, 59, a farmer, said soldiers occupied several hectares of farmland behind his house. The fields that before the war produced olives, oranges and lemons are now a large stretch of pale yellow sand and broken irrigation pipes.

A sandpit roughly the size of an Olympic pool, with four walls about two metres high pushed together by bulldozers, dominates one field.

According to Mr Dayer, and several other residents whose houses bordered the field, Israeli troops quickly evacuated the surrounding houses. "They entered my house with a tank," Mr Dayer said. "I was told to come outside with my family."

Told to strip to his underwear, Mr Dayer said his hands were tied behind his back with white plastic cables, then he was moved into the sandpit area.

Mohammed Madhoun, 22, a media and public relations student at the Al-Aqsa University, whose home is across a laneway from Mr Dayer's home, said he and his parents were ordered to do the same.

"I was told to take off my clothes by one soldier, told to put them on again by another, and then take them off again. My hands were tied and I was taken into this area," Mr Madhoun said, pointing to the sandpit.

Ali Ajramy, 39, a tailor, thrust his hands forward to show the sores on his wrists caused by plastic cables

"I was taken into this prison," he said. "And I was told to be quiet and kneel down."

The three were among about 85 men who were moved into the sandpit area and gathered at the western end.

They said the Israeli troops then took position around perimeter of the sandpit area and began to engage with Palestinian resistance fighters. "We kept our heads down, we didn't move for two days," Mr Madhoun said. "There was lots of shooting over our heads but I don't know where it was coming from. We were given blankets and food."

"After two days we were taken to Beersheva, in Israel," Mr Dayer said. "We were there for five days and then brought back to Gaza and freed." He showed Herald a release form in Hebrew, given when they were returned to Gaza.

An Israeli spokesman told Herald it did not comment on operational matters. But he stressed the Israeli military does not use anyone as "human shields".
Let's understand what happened here. These people were removed from their homes, searched to make sure they weren't terrorists, and then isolated below-ground away from the battlefield. When the battle calmed down, they were moved to a safe place. They were returned once the area was clear. They were given food, clothing and shelter.

By the way, for those who have forgotten, al-Atatra was a place where the IDF knew exactly where the bombs were hidden.

Human shields? I don't think so.


At 9:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Only Jews are that stupid. The Palestinians should be on their knees thanking their god at their fortune to have such enemy. Most people in history are wiped out and soon forgotten.

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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