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Police Dressed as Arabs Incite Provocation in Jewish Village

The local security coordinator tried to alert the Army, but his calls were not answered.
Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch reviewing border police on a tour of Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter of  Old City. The Jews of Judea and Samaria are complaining that under Aharonovitch's leadership, police are targeting them as the enemy.

Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch reviewing border police on a tour of Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter of Old City. The Jews of Judea and Samaria are complaining that under Aharonovitch's leadership, police are targeting them as the enemy.
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Last week, three policemen dressed as Arabs arrived at the Givat Ronen settlement in Samaria, in an attempt to provoke the residents, KR8 reports.

The local security coordinator tried to alert the Army, but his calls were not answered.

Eventually, the “Arabs” started cursing the local Jewish residents, at which point their Arabic vocabulary and pronunciation gave them away.

Apparently, that pesky Israeli accent is hard to lose not just in English…

This is the second time police have attempted to draw Jewish settlers into a brawl with fake Arabs. In a similar attempt, in July, 2012, a brawl erupted between three policemen dressed as Arabs and local residents at the Har Sinai farm near Susia, also in Samaria. The “Arabs” used tasers and tear gas against the locals, who were armed with baseball bats. Moments later, police who had been waiting in ambush came out and arrested the residents.

Back then, this action was condemned as representing a law enforcement view that sees Israeli Jews as the enemy.

In Givat Ronen, according to KR8, the situation is even more volatile, since a herd of goats belonging to residents was stolen by Arabs a few months ago and calls to police and the army were ignored.

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has devoted much of his attention to “controlling” Jewish communities “with a high concentration of extreme rightists,” dubbing them “terror organizations.”

“There is a legal difference,” Aharonovitch said last year, “but I claim that in settlements such as Bat Ayin, where there are concentrations of extreme rightists – [these places] should, for all intents and purposes, be considered terror organizations.”

And so, convinced that Jewish settlements are a hotbed of terrorism, Israel’s internal security minister appears to have re-ignited his campaign to trap and criminalize Jews—never mind that these Jews happen to be victims of Arab crimes.

Is this approach to law enforcement a sign of things to come, as Israeli negotiators are trotting down the slope to “peace?”

Tibbi Singer

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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