The Israeli army jeep reaches the entrance of the village, only to be received by a flaming tire. The soldier driving the vehicle smiles comfortably, slowing down to circumvent the tire. At the furthest point of the curve, he loses control. He tries to turn right as quickly as possible but is met with a hail of potatoes filled with nails. The vehicle is brought to a screeching halt.
Other methods emerged to reclaim the streets, setting them on fire under the feet of the soldiers. Many times the asphalt turned into a sheet covered with broken glass, spikes, and oil slicks, all used to puncture holes in the tires of the army’s vehicles or to make them lose control by skidding off the road.1
These attempts continued and evolved to include a combination of acts of sabotage. Protesters would place a burning tire after a dangerous curve in the street. A few meters away from that they would pour oil. In the event that the soldier driving the army Jeep would swerve to avoid the flaming tire, he would run into the pool of oil, where the vehicle would skid on top of the previously laid potatoes. If the vehicle was a tank that had chains or tracks, blankets on the road were the best way to obstruct its movement, as they got caught in the tracks.2
- 1. Schiff, Zeev. Yaari, Ehud. “Intifada” Sagiv, David. Jerusalem, Tel Aviv: Dar Shoken Publishing House, 1990, p. 119.
- 2. Haboush, Islam Suleiman. Dissertation. Al-Muqawama al-Sha'biyya Khilal al-Intifada al-Ula fi Qita' Ghazza ma Bayn 'Amay 1987-1994 [Popular Resistance in the Gaza Strip during the First Intifada between 1987-1994]. Gaza: Islamic University, 2015, p. 42.