Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories
Introduction to the Act of Kindness by Rabbis for Human Rights’ field worker, Zacharia Sadah
A Palestinian farmer, whose house was seized as an IDF outpost and vandalized, will receive compensation from the IDF. The vandalism included damage to property, defecation on furniture, and desecration of a copy of the Quran.
Rabbis for Human Rights, with the aid of our investigator Zacharia Saada, reported on the incident to the IDF and, together with others, pressured the IDF to give compensation to the home owner who was victimized. We see the willingness of the IDF to pay damages and to investigate the incident as a positive and welcome step. In our view, the compensation to the home owner and the punitive measures against those responsible should express the severity of the incident not just from the perspective of the physical damage. It is appropriate that the emotional damage be recognized as well, both in the desecration of a holy book and in the act of vandalism to a private living space. The IDF should also enact deterrence measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The seizure of private homes for security requirements (known as the “grass widow tactic”) is widespread in the Territories.