Kfer Dik- Violent Early Morning Raid
In the early hours of this morning (19 November 2015) over one hundred Israeli soldiers invaded Kafr Ad-Dik village in the Salfit region of the West Bank.
They split into groups, raiding and vandalizing 15 houses in the As-Suqqiya area of the Kafr Ad-Dik´s old town.
IWPS visited the village soon after and we spoke to a 17 year old youth who was in one of the raided homes. He described to us how his family was woken up by the soldiers who entered the home and ordered all family members, including two small children, to stay in one of the rooms. Soldiers then rampaged though the house breaking the windows of the display cabinets and damaging other household items.
The young man we spoke to and another teenager received different treatment than the rest of the family. The youth were strip searched, then were allowed to put their trousers and t-shirts on and ordered out of the house where they stayed in the cold for an hour until the soldier departed.
After the soldiers left the young man took pictures, which we are publishing with this report.
IWPS visited the Kafr Ad-Dik Municipality and spoke to the member of the Village Council who told us that Israeli army enters the village almost daily, but that the incursion this morning was significant because of the number of soldiers it involved, the large number of the houses they entered and the extent of the damage they left behind.
True enough, as we were leaving the village we saw a group of about a dozen soldiers leaving the army transport vehicle just above the village, possibly preparing for another raid on Kafr Ad-Dik.
The Council member have us a copy of a letter in Arabic which occupation soldiers handed to the residents of the houses they invaded.
The letter, which we are attaching, is a message to all villagers of Kafr Ad-Dik stating that Israeli military is responsible for the order and security in the village and that those throwing stones or creating disorder would be arrested.
A particularly ominous paragraph in the letter is the one which says: ´The army will enter any location in the village at any time of day or night, turn it upside down and arrest those who throw stones or cause riots´.
The message which army conveyed to some of those whose houses they ransacked was much harsher. They were in fact told that those throwing stones and causing disorder will be killed.