Wednesday, August 1, 2007
From Khalid Aamyreh in Al-Khalil (Hebron)
"Israel occupation soldiers have vandalized and desecrated Palestinian graves near the southern West Bank town of Hebron, locals and human rights activists said. According to relatives, hundreds of soldiers and as many as 20 military vehicles stormed the small village of “Marah al- Baqqar” on Tuesday, 31 July, terrorizing locals and vandalizing property. The forces reportedly stormed the village shortly after midnight Monday amid intensive shooting. The village was placed under military curfew, locals said.
At one point, a military bulldozer destroyed two graves, exposing the remains of the dead. “I don’t know if Hitler did this to the Jews, but look how they are treating us. This is the same people who make a big outcry whenever someone touches a Jewish grave in Europe ,” said Aziz Amer.
Taleb Hasan Amr, an 80 -year-old, whose son’s and mother’s graves were desecrated said he never saw such a brutal ugliness in his life. “I lived under many states, but never saw something like this. Imagine, they are after the dead. Where is the conscience of the world? These people are worse than the Nazis.”....
The Israeli occupation army has been carrying out daily raids against Palestinian population centers all over the West Bank during which young people are arrested, locals terrorized, humiliated and beaten and private and public property is vandalized. Israel is holding as many as 11,000 Palestinian activists in squalid conditions in several detention camps. The largest and most notorious detention camp is known as Ketziot in the heart of the Negev desert.
Many of the prisoners are held without charge or trial, and used as hostages to blackmail the Palestinian Authority and Hamas into giving political concessions to Israel ....."