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Israeli Army raids Bil’in for the fourth time in three days

10 November 2010 | International Solidarity Movement

Night-raiders confront village boy in Bil'in

Today, the 10th of November, Israeli forces again raided the village of Bi’lin. The Army entered at around 8 pm for the second time that day.

This morning around 3.00 am, they entered the village with five jeeps and searched Ashraf al-Khatibs home. Soldiers broke down the door of the neighbor’s house and went in. They were not able to find who they were looking for in either house. Later that morning when people from the village arrived, the 20 soldiers pointed their guns directly in their faces, while acting very aggressively. They also broke the door from al-Khatib’s house when they entered.

Tonight at 9pm, the army returned to the village. Soldiers entered al-Khatib’s house again, again without finding him there. Soldiers then took off and left the village, for the second time that evening.

These two raids are the last of until now four raids over the last three days. Ashraf al-Khatib is apparently a new target. Earlier today al-Khatib received a phone call from Israeli intelligence (Shebak/Shin Bet), in which a captain demanded to see him in Ofer Military Prison. It was made clear that until he shows up for interrogation the army will come to his house frequently. This is a well known tactic used by Israel: to terrorize the village and the families involved, making life unbearable for them.