Knock, Knock. Who's There? The IDF; Open Up.
Now, I knew the Israeli government had a plethora of tools and policies at their disposal that they use to humiliate and dehumanize those people in its occupied territories, but forcibly quartering your nation's soldiers in occupied housing was a new one, to me, and kind of goes against the "we're not occupiers" plea that the Israeli government holds to day in and day out:
What he's up against are scores of Israeli settlements dominating the lowlands like crusader fortresses. Many are little cities, and none of them existed 40 years ago. The Israelis always take the high ground, sometimes the hills, and sometimes the homes. And sometimes Arabs are occupied inside their own homes.
One house for example is the highest house on the highest hill overlooking the town of Nablus. 60 Minutes learned that Israeli soldiers often corral the four families who live there and take over the house to monitor movement down below.
Simon and the 60 Minutes team went to an apartment owned by a Mr. Nassif. That morning, Israeli soldiers had apparently entered the apartment, without notice, and remained there when Simon knocked on the door.
"We cannot speak with you, there are soldiers," Nassif told Simon. "We are in prison here."
Asked what was happening, Nassif says, "They are keeping us here and the soldiers are upstairs, we cannot move. We cannot speak with you."
Nassif said he couldn't leave the house and didn't know how long he'd have to stay in place. Asked if they were paying him any money, he told Simon, "You are kidding?"
Abdul Nassif, a bank manager said he had to get to his bank to open the safe, but one of the soldiers wouldn't let him go. He told 60 Minutes whenever the soldiers come they wake everybody up, and herd them into a kitchen for hours while soldiers sleep in their beds. They can't leave or use the phone, or let 60 Minutes in.
I happened to be flipping through the channels and came across 60 Minutes on CBS and was more than surprised to see the other side actually being reported so candidly on network television, no less. Please take the time to view the video in its entirety. It include two or three other very interesting segments about settlements, has a short interview with Tzipi Livni, among other clips. For different reasons than my own, it takes a very grim view of the prospects of a two-state solution.
If all are to agree indiscriminately firing rockets into Israeli lands it terrorism, I'd hope all are to agree that this is an occupation. I mean, if quartering your soldiers in your subject's homes isn't occupation, I don't know what is.