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        <h1 id="reader-title">Israeli soldiers ordered to "map entire
          Palestinian civilian population"</h1>
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                content="2015-09-10T03:36:58+00:00">10 September 2015</span></span>
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              <p>Israel’s “mapping procedure” reveals the profound
                control that it exerts on Palestinians living under its
                military rule.</p>
              <p>The mapping procedure unfolds much like Israel’s <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israeli-night-raids-routine-terror-palestinian-children">routine
                  nighttime arrest raids</a> in the occupied West Bank.</p>
              <p>Armed soldiers surround a Palestinian family’s home in
                the dead of the night. A squad bangs on the front door,
                waking everyone up. Once inside, the soldiers gather the
                residents into a single room.</p>
              <p>The family’s ID cards are inspected and recorded, as is
                how everyone is related, and their phone numbers.</p>
              <p>One of the family members may be taken by the soldiers
                as they go from room to room, and ordered to open closet
                doors, or lift up mattresses.</p>
              <p>But unlike during an arrest raid, once the soldiers
                have gone through the home, they leave and move on to
                the next one, telling the family that they can go back
                to sleep.</p>
              <h2>“Map the entire civilian population”</h2>
              <p>That is how one former Israeli soldier describes his
                many “mapping missions” in Palestinian villages near
                Ramallah.</p>
              <p>In the below video testimony published by the group <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/tags/breaking-silence">Breaking the
                  Silence</a>, Eyal Weinberg states that “Our objective
                was to map almost all of the houses and the Palestinian
                population in the area. … We had to map the entire
                civilian population.”</p>
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              <p>The Israeli army has aerial photos of Palestinian
                villages in which each home is assigned a number. Troops
                are sent into the villages in the middle of the night to
                collect more data on particular homes, “writing down
                every possible detail about the house and its
                residents.”</p>
              <p>The tables of information recorded by the soldiers are
                passed on to Israel’s intelligence apparatuses.</p>
              <p>“There are layers of information on every person or
                family in the Palestinian population,” Weinberg
                explains.</p>
              <p>He adds that mapping has nothing to do with
                investigating suspected “terrorists” and is carried out
                “with the only objective of having information about
                everyone.”</p>
              <p>Though the mapping procedure may be less violent than
                arrest raids, and no one is removed from the home, it
                certainly terrifies the Palestinian families who are
                subjected to it.</p>
              <h2>Fear</h2>
              <p>A mother in Qusra village near the northern West Bank
                city of <a
                  href="https://electronicintifada.net/tags/nablus">Nablus</a>
                <a
href="http://www.btselem.org/harrasment/20150809_night_incrusions_in_qusrah">described</a>
                to the Israeli rights group <a
                  href="https://electronicintifada.net/tags/btselem">B’Tselem</a>
                her fear when eight soldiers entered her family’s home
                in the middle of the night in July.</p>
              <p>“When I heard them banging on the door, my heart
                started racing and I began to shake. I also felt pain in
                my stomach. I’m eight months pregnant and I was afraid
                something would happen to my baby,” Sanaa Bisharat said.</p>
              <p>Arwa Abu Rida, another woman whose home was among the
                19 entered that same night, said that the soldiers
                looked inside the bedroom where her two girls were
                sleeping, but did not wake them up.</p>
              <p>“Why do they go to houses only at night, disturbing and
                scaring people?” she asked. “I thanked God that my girls
                hadn’t woken up, especially the eldest, because she’s
                very scared of soldiers.”</p>
              <p>In some cases of the mapping procedure, according to
                B’Tselem, Israeli soldiers record the members of a
                household on camera.</p>
              <p>That may have been the case when this video was <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-israeli-night-raids-sleeping-palestinian-children">recorded</a>
                by B’Tselem volunteers in February when Israeli soldiers
                entered their family’s home in the middle of the night
                and photographed the children living there:</p>
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              <p>Former soldier Weinberg says that “My commanders and
                the GSS [Israel’s internal intelligence apparatus, also
                known as Shabak or Shin Bet] believed that there’s no
                such thing as innocent people. In other words, everyone
                is a potential future terrorist and that’s why we have
                to know them all.”</p>
              <h2>Spying</h2>
              <p>The extreme violation and exploitation of Palestinians’
                privacy was <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/dont-single-out-homosexuality-response-israel-blackmail-revelations-palestinians">protested
                  last year</a> by a group of Israeli reservists
                affiliated with the elite “Unit 8200” electronic
                espionage operation.</p>
              <p>In their public letter, the soldiers gave a rare
                acknowledgment of Israel’s spying on Palestinians in
                order to use personal information to coerce them into
                collaborating.</p>
              <p>Israel has even <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/under-cover-reconstruction-un-and-pa-become-enforcers-israels-gaza-siege">outsourced</a>
                some of this information-gathering to the Palestinian
                Authority and United Nations through the Gaza
                reconstruction mechanism to rebuild the nearly 100,000
                homes badly damaged or destroyed last year.</p>
              <p>There is nothing benign or impersonal about Israel’s
                occupation. And no Palestinian home is safe from abuses
                of its power.</p>
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