Police Brutally Evict and Strand Youths, Including a Resident
Police in Gush Katif swooped down on youths in the middle of the night, including a Katif resident, and stranded them outside Katif. At least one of them had no shoes or money; another is aged 12.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 8/16/2005, 9:00 AM / Last Update: 8/16/2005, 10:44 AM
The group of 11 youths, including a boy aged only 12, were talking to soldiers peacefully outside the community of Gadid, in Gush Katif, at approximately 2:30 AM. A force of Border Guard police fell upon them, grabbed them up, and threw them onto a bus. They took them to a dark junction outside Gush Katif, and stranded them there to fend for themselves - at 3 o'clock in the morning.
One of them, Aryeh, told his story to Arutz-7: "I had no shoes, and they just left me there. It took me four hours to hitch-hike my way home to Hashmonaim [near Modiin]."
"The story began like this," Aryeh said. "I was standing outside the main entrance to N'vei Dekalim, with lots of teenagers speaking with soldiers. We were singing and laughing with them; it was a good atmosphere. After about an hour or so, the soldier I was speaking to saw Yassam police and Border Guard buses coming, and he said that I had better run because 'these guys are beasts.' A few other soldiers also warned me, and I started walking back into the town. But very soon, we saw them coming with fire in their eyes, as if we were the enemy.
"One of them grabbed me from behind and threw me down onto the ground, then a few of them held me down and started running while carrying me to the bus. Around the same time, they also did the same to a 12-year- old boy, who was totally petrified. Others of those who were taken onto the bus the same way took one look at him and begged the soldiers, 'Let him go! Look at him!' They even offered to go with him even at the risk of getting beaten up by the Yassamnikim again, but the soldiers - who were good guys - couldn't do it, because of the Yassamnikim on the bus.
"They took 13 of us, but one of them showed his ID card showing that he lived there, so they let him off. Another one was a boy who lived in Atzmona [in Gush Katif] - he was just walking on the street, and they got him by lying to him. They called to him and said they just want to ask his name, and then they grabbed him.
"Among our group were also three boys studying in the Atzmonah pre-military yeshiva academy, who are permitted to be there. They demanded to see an officer, and the Yassam promised that they would bring one - but at the end, they didn't.
"They took us to Kisufim, where a policeman got on. We said, 'Oh, good, finally there is someone with whom we can talk' - but he screamed, 'What are you talking about? Be quiet or you'll all be under arrest!' Then they took us to a junction called Orim, based on the sign I saw. It was dark, and we said, 'How can we get off here? We don't know where we are, it's the middle of the night, etc.' After about a half-hour of arguing, we finally got off, except for one of us, who they pulled off forcibly. Also, the boy who lived in Atzmonah was taken back; they said they were taking him back to N'vei Dekalim, but I have no idea if that's what happened."
Ironically, several hours after this incident, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz were asked by reporters why the army does not take steps to remove the non-residents of Gush Katif even before the actual forced expulsion begins tonight. After Mofaz answered, Halutz added, "Many of the 'illegals' live in the homes of official residents, thus that taking them out would involve going into the houses and checking who actually lives there, thus advancing the process."
It thus appears that in order to avoid this "selection" process, the police force is choosing the opposite way - throwing out those who are permitted to stay together with those who are not.