Israeli troops go on looting, vandalism spree amid genocide in Gaza
Israeli troops have stepped up their destruction of businesses and properties, vandalism, and the installation of Israeli and Jewish symbols across Gaza’s neighborhoods.
Footage has emerged of troops carrying out violent and provocative acts that appear to have little to do with their stated aim of "destroying" Hamas.
In one example of theft, a soldier bragged about stealing a silver necklace from Gaza to take back to his girlfriend in Israel. Another troop stole a rug from a Palestinian home.
In a post on Facebook, an Israeli officer was seen gloating about seizing a host of sealed makeup items to take to Tel Aviv as “gifts from Gaza.”
Elsewhere, footage emerged of a Palestinian gift shop being completely destroyed, with an Israeli soldier rummaging through a woman’s underwear and using derogatory remarks about her.
“There is a long history of Israeli soldiers vandalizing the homes of Palestinians they invade,” Laleh Khalili, an academic and researcher at the University of Exeter, told London-based Middle East outlet.
“During the Nakba and successive wars of conquest in the historic lands of Palestine, in Lebanon in the early 1980s, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories during successive invasions, such behavior has been rife,” she added.
“Israeli soldiers have left graffiti - often using quite violent, even genocidal, language; defecated in kitchens; looted valuable personal items; destroyed everyday objects and belongings; and taken trophy photographs of themselves.”
Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas-led Palestinian resistance groups waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.
Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed some 19,000 Palestinians and injured more than 50,000 others.
Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under “complete siege” by Israel.