Israelis looting Palestinians’ belongings in Gaza
An international human rights group says in addition to killing thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces have been also conducting systematic looting of Palestinians' homes across the besieged territory, stealing their property.
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor announced the information in a report,
citing testimonies that it had obtained from aggrieved Palestinians.
testimonies gathered by Euro-Med Monitor, the Israeli army’s crimes extend
beyond arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and field executions.
They also involve the intentional destruction of property, the theft of
personal belongings, and the looting and burning of homes—all part of a
systematic strategy that is evidently based on collective punishment of the
Palestinian people," the rights group said.
It added that
Israeli soldiers participate in and witness the deliberate theft of the assets
and money of Palestinian civilians, including laptop computers, gold, and large
quantities of cash.
estimates suggest that the Israeli army may have looted valuable possessions
worth tens of millions of dollars, in addition to stealing personal belongings
from Palestinian civilians," Euro-Med's report said.
Thabet Salim, one of
the Palestinians cited by the rights body, said Israeli troops had raided his
house in the south of Gaza City, abducting him and his two sons. Israeli
forces, Salim added, then stole all of the gold and cash that was at hand at
"The amount of
money the soldiers took from my house is worth more than 10,000 US dollars,
plus nearly the same amount of gold from my wife, and the wife of my eldest
son," Salim said.
Gharbiyya, a Palestinian woman, also told Euro-Med Monitor that Israeli forces
had forcibly taken away her gold and jewelry after violently breaking into her
family’s house earlier this month.
The testimonies have
been verified by many videos circulating across the social media, which show
Israeli forces taking away Palestinians' belonging, looting their properties,
and trying to sell their stolen possessions.
concluded its report by calling for "a comprehensive and impartial
international investigation .... into the grave Israeli violations against the
residents of the Gaza Strip and their property, and for the international
community to take urgent measures to ensure that Israel is held legally
Israel launched its
genocidal war on Gaza on October 7 following an operation by the territory’s
resistance movements, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm. The historic operation
came in response to the regime’s decades-long violence against Palestinians.
Since the start of
its military aggression, the Israeli regime has killed at least 21,672
Palestinians, mostly women and children, while injuring over 56,000 others.