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    Gaza evacuees: Lax IDF security allows looting By Amos Harel and Yair Ettinger Haaretz 1 September 2005 www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/619946.html Evacuated Gaza
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2005
      Gaza evacuees: Lax IDF security allows looting

      By Amos Harel and Yair Ettinger Haaretz
      1 September 2005
      www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/619946.html

      Evacuated Gaza settlers have lodged numerous complaints about property that
      has been stolen from their houses in recent days.

      The widespread looting was made possible by the fact that soldiers guarding
      the Kissufim checkpoint into Gush Katif have been letting people enter
      fairly freely - not only evacuated settlers coming to collect their
      belongings, but also volunteers and paid workers helping them. All it takes
      to pass the checkpoint is an Israeli identity card and a good story about
      helping distressed settlers, and this liberal policy has proved a magnet
      for
      thieves.

      One former resident of Neveh Dekalim, for instance, said that expensive
      electric tools were stolen from his house. Another, Shalom Me'oded, said
      that a new MP3 player and tape were stolen when he left them in the street
      for a few minutes. Me'oded said he immediately told the nearest army
      officer, who responded: "There's nothing we can do."

      Some houses have been completely stripped, with even the doors, counters,
      faucets and closets being removed.

      One man in a skullcap, who claimed to be a resident of the West Bank
      settlement of Beit El who had moved to Shirat Hayam, in Gaza, before the
      evacuation, was waiting for a ride in Neveh Dekalim yesterday when he
      suddenly walked into a house and came out holding a pair of diving fins.
      "Oh, I didn't know it wasn't allowed," he told Haaretz, hurriedly replacing
      them. "I simply thought that everything here is going to the Arabs."

      The Gush Katif security department said that thieves and looters can be seen
      in Neveh Dekalim every day. One security coordinator, Moti Ben-Tulila, said
      that on Tuesday, a patrol saw a man loading a generator and appliances onto
      a truck. They called the military police, which is responsible for
      preventing looting in the evacuated settlements, but the man was released.

      Meanwhile, the army expects to finish demolishing the evacuated houses
      today, despite the fact that 16 army bulldozers and engineering vehicles
      were vandalized near Neveh Dekalim Tuesday night. The vandals, whom the army
      and police believe were right-wing activists, tried to torch two vehicles
      and poured sugar into the engines of the others. Army and police sources
      said they think the vandals might have entered under the guise of volunteers
      sent by the Yesha Council of settlements.



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