The Daily Life of Kawther Salam
..: IDF Soldiers and Jewish Squatters: Shit, Drugs and Abuse :..
May 13, 2004
A Bucket full of shit left by IDF soldiers occupying a roof in Hebron. Buckets like this
one are routinely emptied in the water tanks on Palestinian roofs by the soldiers.
The Israeli soldiers stationed on the roof of the Palestinian woman Naziha Abu Dahood broke into her bedroom early in the morning. She was alone with a sick child when she saw the Israeli soldier exposing his penis and telling her that he "had a big one for her which is better than the small one she had". The woman ran to the street screaming and fell in a coma. On 31 December 2001 they killed her husband in his livingroom when they were abusing his wife sexually and he stepped in to urge them to stop.
Another Bucket full of IDF shit, on the roof of Dr. Zahdeh.
I documented the sick behaviour of the Israeli soldiers in 1999-2000 in the film “Hebron: City Without Mercy”. The film shows the the IDF soldiers urinating in bottles and offering this to Palestinians to drink as "Coke". The Israeli soldiers where calling each others on the roofs of Palestinians houses at the mid of night, one of them said that he want to do something great and urged his colleagues to pay attention. Then the he proceeded to urinate into the water tank of the family who owned the house.
One of the Israeli soldiers stationed on my roof, near where Rabbi Moshe Leviger squats in his outpost, once asked me for help. It was at midday in summer, the foul smell of their shit and urine contaminated the fresh air. He said that he did not understand English well, and he wanted me to explain him an English message he had received on his cellphone. The distance between each other was less than 1,5 meters. I took his request seriously and I read the message. It was written “I want to fuck you in bed, I want to fuck you in the street, I want to fuck your mother, sister...”.
Shit and Urine from IDF soldiers on my roof.
I had to put a jerry can on my balcony, in front of my bed room, to collect the Israeli soldiers urine which dripped from the military post on my roof every day. The IDF soldiers urinated at night and during the day, and I was forced to collect it. Often the soldiers would collect their urine in vessels for a couple of days and wait until I hanged my washed clothes. Then they would spread their urine on my clothes.
During the nights, the Jewish squatters used to bring drugs for the soldiers on my roof. The soldiers were giving each other drug injections. After that they would sit on the floor breathing heavily for hours, later often making sex with each other. Sometimes they would make sex with soldier women, but it was more common to to see the men have anal sex with each other. Most nights when they had no sex, they would resort to shouting abuse at me and "asking" me to have sex with them. They would continue making noise in this way until the morning.
Armed Squatters prowling on my roof
Through one event on my roof, one soldier fell from the roof. He was breathing with difficulty and raving on the floor the as if he was dying. I called the IDF headquarter and asked for a military ambulance to take this soldier. When the unit officer came to check the story, the soldier claimed that he was having an ”epilepsy attack”. In another event I saw a soldier beating his colleague seriously and trying to take away his weapon after he took drugs. The soldiers claimed that their colleague was ready to shoot at the Arab houses in the area. Dr. Tayseer Zahdeh from Hebron has further information about the drugs dealer of the IDF soldiers who were stationed on his roof. He saw them taking Heroine injections in front of his private room, were he and his family hid themselves from the soldiers. Dr. Zahdeh also saw them fucking each other. He took the used syringes and used them to back the story, but the military commander said that these syringes were used by Dr. Tayseer. The commander forgot that the IDF syringes have a special colour which is not allowed to be used by Palestinians.
A Drug Runner, intermediary between Settlers and Soldiers, shows his Merchandise.
I also documented the interaction between IDF soldiers and drug dealer at night when the settlers would come and bring drugs for the IDF soldiers stationed on my roof. At the military point which called “4,5” near my house and which the Jews called “Broken”, I made a deal with an Arab Israeli citizen who was a middleman between the Jewish drug gang and the Israeli army. I promised the man that I would not mention to his name if he let me film the drugs which he brought to the IDF soldiers. The man told me that there was an increasing number of IDF soldiers who were themselves drug dealers. He allowed me to film some of the drugs which he hid in his shoe. He showed me the settlers who provide the IDF soldiers with drugs and asked me to fellow his steps near the area of the Abraham Cave and the Abraham Avino settlement. I informed the Israeli Police about that, and once I succeeded in taking a picture of this squatter in the hands of the police.
Left: A Settler from Avraham Avino (sitting) is arrested for selling drugs in front of the Abraham Cave by the two detectives. Right: Behind and with white kippah, the assistant of Noam Federman, from Beit Hadassah, comes to see about the well-being of his "friend" (now in the foreground).
The roof of my house was a real theatre for the illegal practices of the IDF. I filed hundreds of official complaints with the Israeli Police station about their continued sexual harassment. I was giving them full information, the time of the events, the day, the name of the group involved, the name of military post, pictures and even tape records. But never did the Israeli Defence Ministry take any action against their soldiers. The IDF soldiers were making sex with each other in front of me, sometimes they were fucking other women working with them or girls from the settlements, most of time they were making noise for me and shouting abuse at me.
The person on the left was also arrested in front of the Abraham Cave in Hebron for dealing with drugs.
In July 2002, an Israeli sergeant had been stationed on my roof as a soldier wrote me for couple of times, the last time he wrote me in Hebrew about his "love". He compared his "love" with the “Mosquito”, how he fell in love with her, and how he was dreaming at nights to be with her, and how he she occupied his mind and thoughts all the time ... but he killed her later because he was scared to spread his secret for others. I considered this IDF letter as a thinly veiled death threat against me. At that time I was living with a friend in Tel Aviv and was not allowed to return home in Hebron, or to live in my house which was now occupied by the squatters of the American Jewish terror organization Kach.
The letter from "Moskito" (in Hebrew) can be read here: Page1 Page2 Page3 Page4 Page5 Page6
The Israeli "Justice" under the military Law, or how the Israeli Government responds to sexual harassment perpetrated by the occupation troops.
Between 1997 and 2001 I filed over 300 complaints against the continued abuses and sexual harassment by the IDF and the American Jewish squatters against me at the Police station. The office of the Attorney General sent a letter to my lawyer Lea Tsemel, it was a copy of a letter which she had sent to the military Attorny General notifying him of Lea Tsemel's reminder, and asking them to "take care of the matter". The matter was the IDF sexual harassment. Here is the Letter No. 1 (in Hebrew).
This "Born to Kill" IDF even has a Body Count written on his vest.
The second letter was send by the Military Attorny General to my lawyer Mr. Habib who works in the office of Lea Tsemel in Jerusalem. The Military AG condescended to let us know that “regarding a pre-high court appeal served by Mr. Habib. The military attorney expresses his anger regarding the fact that Mr. Habib has sent this appeal, while the army has clearly explained that the issue is not in the hands of Attorny General of Judea Samaria, but in the hands of the Attorny General of the Central Command". Here is the Letter No. 2 (in Hebrew)
The third letter was sent by the Attorney General of the Central Command to Mr. Habib. It says that they have received an appeal from Lea Tsemel regarding my complaint, and that a military police investigation has started. The letter states that on March 03 the AG has decided to close the case because they have "found no evidence of the events" I had complained about in the operation log. In addition, they say that my complaint is contradicted by the evidence of some soldiers who were involved, and that other soldiers could not be found. Here is the Letter No. 3 (in Hebrew)
In yet another lengthy letter from the Attorny General to Judea and Samaria to my lawyer, he wrote that he was “sorry for using the name of the occupation in your complaints letter against the IDF soldiers. Again the matter is not in the hands of AG of J and S, and that the case has been transferred to the AG of the Central Command, and a military Police investigation has started". Here is the Letter No. 4 (in Hebrew)
Some of the IDF soldiers who the AG purports not to be able to identify.
This the conclusion of Israeli government official responses to my complaints about the IDF sexual abuses and harassment. There was no investigation made in this matter, I remember once a military police invite me for investigation, but the military Commander of Hebron did not allow him to do that, he stopped him for over one hour in his office, after that they called me, there was no time left for investigation, the investigator was talking with his girlfriend while I was carrying Video tapes recording the IDF abuses, the investigator said that he should leave and he will meet me in Tel Aviv next week. Since then nobody called me for investigation, or to look at my video. Look at my diary posted on Gush Shalom on Thursday 6th, June 2002.
Who is responsible about all what the IDF did to me and to my people? Probably I should ask President Bush who was talking on behalf of our tongue is his statement with Sharon should compassionate us about that. Or probably he should send Israel a Shipment of Urine and Shit to play with during occupying the West Bank.
I wasn't the only case who was abused by the IDF soldiers. One night, the IDF soldiers were in a search mission of a Palestinian house where they have a military post on the roof. They took the house owner out and left the woman and her children in a room under one of the IDF control. The soldier grabbed the woman, tore off her underwear and started licking between her legs by force. This episode was documented in the Israeli-Palestinian joint office DCO in Hebron.
Other documented abuses:
The story of the sisters Ashwaq and Wallah Al-Atrash, who were molested sexually by Israeli soldiers on Al-Shuhada street near Gross square.
The story of Assad Said Al-Himouni, who was raped in the israeli jail by an MP officer.
The story of Sawsan Abu-Turki and two other cases of sexual harassment by the IDF
Yet another story, which I posted last year.
And here is another one, "Boys with Toys" (scan of original article is here). It cost me my job with the Al-Quds newspaper..
Some sites which link to tis article or have used it:
This person used my material to poke fun at the IDF snipers
London Morning Paper, Edition of 19.05.2004
Peace and War Blog
TheBirdman, a personal political site.
I do expressly disavow any responsibility for the contents of these websites.