IOF Violence in Gaza

20 June 2007

Many soldiers, tanks, bulldozers, and jeeps of the IOF occupied the area near the Kissufim checkpoint. Soldiers shot guns and tanks shot rockets near Palestinian homes and farms. Some Palestinians say that they are doing this as a fear-tactic to keep people in their homes. As this has become a normal occurrence, this time a bulldozer tore apart olive trees on a farm. Helicopters followed foot soldiers to support their endeavors on land. —as a form of resistance. For many of the communities we work with, simply remaining on their land in the face of intimidation, violence, economic strangulation, and a history of forced displacement, is an act of resistance. Palestinians are resisting these actions thru sumoud—steadfastness. They stay on their land. They continue farming.