Israel’s hidden goals in Nablus
For over a week, the Israeli occupation army was ganging up on Nablus and neighboring towns and villages in the West Bank. Israeli army spokespersons kept parroting official statements that the violent rampage of terror and vandalism was aimed at “apprehending wanted persons” an allusion to Palestinian resistance activists.
The incursion, in which more than a thousand soldiers and over a hundred military vehicles, including armored personnel carriers, took part, was suspended last Thursday , apparently after the extensive raid failed to apprehend (or assassinate) the targeted activists.
Non the less, the violent raid left at least two Palestinians dead, and several people injured, some critically. The victims included Anan al Teibi, 49, who reportedly was standing on his rooftop, fixing an antenna, when an Israeli sniper, shot and killed him on the spot.
The second victim is Ghareb Abdel Ghani Selhab, 47, a resident of Nablus old city who had a heart attack after a tear gas canister was fired into his home. He died on 4 March. According to officials of the Red Crescent Society who sent an ambulance to evacuate Selhab, medics were prevented by the Israeli military from accessing his home for over an hour. He had been in Watani hospital since the attack on Tuesday 26th February on a life support machine.
Moreover, the occupation forces arrested as many as a hundred people, mostly from the Old Town. Local sources said that nearly 90 of the detainees have been released, with only ten, most of whom are affiliated with Hamas, are still in custody.
The most prominent detainee is Sheikh Maher al Kharraz, who fifteen years ago was deported to southern Lebanon with hundreds of Hamas activists and leaders.
Eyewitnesses told PIC that poorly disciplined or utterly undisciplined soldiers abused civilians and sabotaged their property, including furniture, TV sets and computers.
“They behaved like beasts, urinating and even defecating in people’s living rooms. This is the people who claim to be civilized and a light upon mankind,” said Ahmed al Shunnar, a college student from downtown Nablus .
The young man added that the occupation soldiers were “operating with the mentality of a sadist thug who draws satisfaction and pleasure from inflicting pain on people and humiliating them.”
“I think that some Israeli army commanders are asking themselves why their soldiers ought to be more ethical than American troops in Iraq . They watch TV and see how the Americans are torturing and raping Iraqis. So they probably think ‘why can’t we do like them.’ The Americans do it and get away with impunity, and we can do it and get away with impunity as well.”
This analysis doesn’t really look farfetched. The TV images of Israeli soldiers ganging up on civilians and herding blindfolded youths gives the impression that these soldiers are interested more in humiliating Palestinians than in pursuing any “legitimate” security goals.
However, there seems to be other more specific reasons for the Israeli rampage.
According to Nablus journalist Amin Abu Warda, the Israeli rampage in Nablus was probably intended to achieve two goals:
First, disrupting efforts by the Islamists-controlled municipal council and other local authorities to restore law and order to the city. The council, in cooperation with law-enforcement agencies, were supposed to embark on a widespread campaign throughout the city aimed at removing illegal peddler stands and confiscating stolen cars and other illegal cars. The campaign, which was due to take place on the very same day the Israeli incursion began, never materialized.
The second reason, according to Abu Warda, is the apprehension and possible assassination of at least 8 prominent members of Fatah’s armed wing, the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (AMB).
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