Palestinian car thief 311.
(photo credit: Vice Magazine / MTV Productions)
A recent article on Vice Magazine's blog about an episode of its internet TV show, The Vice Guide to Everything, went into great detail on the ease of moving stolen Israeli cars into the West Bank where they are brought to "chop shops," where from "one Israeli car will come myriad parts to fill tons of illegal Palestinian vehicles."
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The article claims that not much sneakiness is required to move a stolen car out of Israel, saying that the IDF's priorities are checking people exiting the West Bank than those entering it. "So if you just jacked a car in posh Emek Refaim," Vice writes, "you can usually count on the IDF cuties to wave you through to Kalandia."
In this week's episode of the show, cameramen actually accompany a
self-described retired car thief as he steals an Israeli car and brings
it back to the West Bank. Speaking to the camera while breaking into and
hot-wiring a car, the thief says that stealing cars is a way to make
money. "Someone who stole our land, why shouldn't we steal his car," he
However, Vice notes, it is not just the replacement parts market that
drives Palestinian automobile theft. "It is surprising to find out that
at least part of that demand comes from the West Bank’s thriving street
racing scene," it says.
The magazine tells of a scene where drag races "are far more common than
the stone-throwing skirmishes that make the evening news." The authors
assure their readers they can find "spontaneous congregations of young
Palestinians, racing anything from Toyotas to supercharged BMWs,"
outside of Area A where Palestinian police can do nothing to stop the
illegal and unsafe, but "good fun" of the races.
Speaking to Palestinians at a drag race near Kalandia, one racer says
that Israeli racers are probably better because of their more modern,
faster cars. Palestinians, however, are "better drivers, because in our
religion, everything dies, so our drivers don't fear to push the gas."