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Dangerous police incitement attempt in Adei Ad

Updated: May 15, 2022

Photo: Policeman disguised as Arab, Photo credit, Tatzpit News Agency
Photo: Policeman disguised as Arab, Photo credit, Tatzpit News Agency

Saturday (after Shabbat), January 24, 2015, 18:36 On Friday, January 23, near the community of Adei Ad in the Binyamin region, policemen from the Yehuda and Shomron District Police disguised very well as Arabs planned to provoke Adei Ad residents into actions which would constitute cause for detention. The disguised policemen entered a Jewish agricultural area to which entry is forbidden to Arabs, and then planned, among other actions, to plant olive trees. The expectation was for the Adei Ad residents to try to prevent the planting, which would cause a disturbance and lead to their detention. When Adei Ad’s head of security discovered the undercover policemen he quickly informed the IDF and the incident ended soon after. Honenu responded to the incitement attempt by the police: “This was an extremely serious incident which could have ended in tragedy. For years we have repeatedly warned about incidents of incitement caused by the Yehuda and Shomron District Police, but they continue to operate in an extremely dangerous manner.” In October 2014 Honenu warned about the activity of undercover policemen disguised as Arabs following an incident in the Shilo Bloc region. Shilo Bloc residents complained in the beginning of the week of Sunday, October 19 that policemen from the Yehuda and Shomron District Police, almost certainly from the Department of Nationalist Crime, planned to stage an incident in the area of the Achiya and Esh Kodesh communities with the aim of causing residents to react in a manner which would lead the police to detain them. The detentions would then be widely publicized in the news media. The Secretariat Heads of Achiya, Esh Kodesh, and nearby Adei Ad wrote a scathing letter to Major General Kobi Cohen, the Yehuda and Shomron District Police Commander, complaining that on Sunday, October 19, numerous undercover police detectives arrived at the soldiers’ living quarters in the community of Achiya with photography and surveillance equipment. Simultaneously large numbers of Yassam (Special Forces) and other police forces situated themselves in the nearby Shilo Industrial Zone. According to reports, the detectives demanded that the soldiers, who were surprised by sudden appearance of the policemen, not inform the regional security coordinator of their presence. However by order of their commander the soldiers informed the regional security coordinator of the arrival of the detectives. At the moment that the soldiers reported on the presence of the detectives they left the scene and also the other police forces left the Shilo Industrial Zone, apparently after they understood that their plan would not be carried out. See here for the complete post from October 2014, including links to posts on past incidents of incitement by the police.

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