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Our campaign last winter on IDF invasions of Palestinian homes in the occupied territories is bearing fruit. One of the routine practices we highlighted was mapping missions, in which soldiers invade homes of Palestinians who are by definition innocent, almost always in the dead of night, ostensibly in order to gather intelligence on the house and its residents. Last Tuesday night, Kan 11 News reported that the Head of the IDF's Central Command has decided to end the practice of mapping missions. According to the news report, the pressure applied for years now by civil society NGOs was a major factor in the decision.
This practice involves waking up all of the family members, including children and the elderly, conducting a short interrogation and in most cases drawing a map of the house and taking pictures of all of its residents. While the IDF claims that this is done for intelligence purposes, our testimonies tell a different story: after many of these missions the maps and information gathered are thrown away. The purpose of these missions, like so many others, is to "make our presence felt" - to constantly remind Palestinians that we're in charge, lest they dare challenge our authority. We're used to the IDF justifying its actions, no matter how egregious, as being necessary for security purposes. But it is now clearer than ever: this has always been about maximizing our total control over the Palestinians living under our occupation.