Shocking news: Textile product scrambled
Shocking new data shows that some of the most popular textiles used by Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem have been scraped, scrawled with graffiti and left in the street for weeks.
The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday that the Israeli army’s Information Technology Command (ITC) has confirmed that at least 10,000 textiles and apparel items that Palestinians had ordered were not produced.
Some of the items, such as jeans, jackets and boots, have been sent to Israel’s West Bank settlements.
Israel has denied it is selling these items for profit.
The ITC also said that some items were being used for military purposes and were being stored in open areas without being used.
Israelis have long been concerned about the spread of graffiti, and the IDF said in October that it had stopped using textiles in the occupied West Bank.
The report by the ITC came days after the United Nations Human Rights Council urged Israel to investigate the situation.
The Israeli military said in a statement on Wednesday it has found a “small number” of graffiti on some items and is investigating the issue.
It added that it has removed the items from the street and will not allow them to be returned to the street.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Palestinians of stealing the products, which are mostly made in the West Bank, from shops and businesses that do not export them.
The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross have also voiced concern over the situation and urged Israel not to sell the items to Israelis.