The Institute for Middle East Understanding put out subtitled footage today of Israeli soldiers raiding a home in Nabi Saleh in the West Bank at 2:00 AM on the night of March 20, 2012. The footage captures soldiers entering the home of Bassem Tamimi, an imprisoned Palestinian nonviolent leader, and confiscating items without warrant.
A few things must be pointed out:
1. Up until the very end, the soldiers appear to be calmly engaged in their duties. An absence of violence, however, does not imply an absence of injustice. The soldiers were being filmed by at least two cameras; their every move was documented. I can’t be sure why the video cameras themselves weren’t confiscated (possibly because at least one camera was registered to B’Tselem’s camera project) but it is obvious that their presence kept the soldiers from doing any more damage. [Read more...]