Israel authorizes troops in Lebanon to steal food and loot shops
*** The Israeli regime has sent thousands of troops into Lebanon with orders to steal from the Lebanese people if they are hungry or thirsty. The suffering of the ordinary people of Lebanon, young and old, men, women and children, increases each day amongst the ruins of their war-torn country. Israel has deliberately blocked international aid convoys trying to deliver emergency supplies of food, drink and medicine. ***
IDF general: Troops lacking food can steal from Lebanese stores
"If our fighters deep in Lebanese territory are left without food our water, I believe they can break into local Lebanese stores to solve that problem," Brigadier General Avi Mizrahi, the head of the Israel Defense Forces logistics branch, said Monday.
Mizrahi's comments followed complaints by IDF soldiers regarding the lack of food on the front lines.
"If what they need to do is take water from the stores, they can take," Mizrahi told Army Radio.
According to Mizrahi, the logistics branch is prepared for the possibility that combat soldiers will have to remain in Lebanon during the winter.
Haaretz, "IDF general: Troops lacking food can steal from Lebanese stores", 15 August 2006.
[Editor's note: this content of this article had dissapeared from the Haaretz newspaper web site when we checked on 16 August. The Israeli government does openly practice official censorship, but the reason why this particular article has dissapeared is not yet confirmed.]