Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Robbing and Vandalizing Palestinian Homes

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Robbing and Vandalizing Palestinian Homes

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Hostility and brutality by Israeli security forces against Palestinians is increasing in the East Jerusalem area. In the last 10 days of August, security forces personnel, some wearing masks, broke into four Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem suburbs, mistreating and beating residents in search-and-destroy missions. Two persons in the homes were arrested, according to Samir and Jan Abu Shakra of the Palestinian Human Rights Information Center in East Jerusalem.

In one break-in, $10,000 in cash and jewelry worth at least $20,000 was stolen. In another forced entry, a computer and a photocopy machine for a new business were completely destroyed. In the other two raids, all of the furniture was overturned and completely vandalized. In one home, the refrigerator, washing machine and sink units were maliciously destroyed.

"Rarely has anyone seen such a scene of vandalism left behind by the security forces after searching in an Arab house in Jerusalem," wrote reporter Danny Rubenstein in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. "They overturned closets, tore a mattress, broke the window shades, pulled up the floor tiles, destroyed concrete around the sewage system, tore the sofas and armchairs, and broke iron doors. …

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