Earlier tonight, Jerusalem Border Police undercover operatives in the a-Tour neighborhood acted as part of an extensive operation by the unit and the Jerusalem District in recent weeks against rioters.
The rioters identified the vehicle and began attacking the occupants inside it with physical violence and pepper spray in their possession.
Border police undercover officers identified the attack and arrested two of the suspects who tried to attack the forces. The arrest also included warning shots in the air.
Shortly afterwards, the unit forces arrested another suspect. During the search, the forces seized pepper spray and a folding knife that the suspects had.
The three suspects, 2 residents of a-Tur and one resident of Abu Ghosh in their 20s, along with the findings were taken for questioning by the police.
Two Palestinian security forces and a terrorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire with a special IDF force in Jenin, and a preliminary investigation of the incident raises questions about how the routine detention of wanted persons went awry. Security coordination, as in such cases, could have prevented the incident. Why the Arab police opened fire on the undercover officers is unclear.
Preliminary investigation makes it unclear why the Palestinian police officers caught in the line of fire did not enter the General Intelligence Building and preferred to open fire. Security sources said that the police knew that these were Israeli security forces and not hostile elements. Following the incident, there will be a joint investigation by the Palestinian Authority, the Civil Administration and the Central Command to understand what happened on the ground and how to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Seven Jews were arrested on suspicion of attacking a resident of the Arab town Taibeh, in his 60s, spraying his face with pepper spray and stabbing him near the Sydney Ali Mosque.
At the same time, six Arab residents of Lakia, members of one family, are suspected of trying to harm Jewish drivers during the operation. In an incident that took place on Road 6, they threw stones at passing vehicles and set fire to tires at an intersection near the settlement.
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Over the course of the night (Wednesday), a special force that belongs to the Israeli Border Police was operating in the Palestinian city of Jenin in Judea and Samaria and conducting arrests of terrorists.
As part if the activity, an arrest procedure has begun and while the force was closing in on a suspect, they got shot at. The force returned fire, killing one and injuring another.
After the incident, while the Border Police forces were leaving the area, they were shot at again. The forces returned fire again, this time killing two more and injuring one more.
One of the three dead terrorists was a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization and the other two are members of the inteligence system of the Palestinian Authority.
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The Jerusalem Flag March is currently taking place in the Old City of the Israeli capital. While many Israelis were walking through the narrow streets and allies of the Old City - singing, dancing and waving flags - a young Palestinian approached the march and started yelling "Allahu Akbar". The Border Police, who is securing the march, blocked him immediately from getting any closer.
Detectives and Border Police officers of the Israel Police arrested 5 Arab suspects on suspicion of using and trading arms across the country.
Following a thorough investigation that involved the gathering of intelligence and technological means, authorities raided a number of locations in Judea and Samaria and Israel: Jaljulia, the town of Salim, Kafr ‘Aqab and the Shu’afat refugee camp in Jerusalem.
Video: Israel Police spokesperson
Border police arrested two suspects for attacking police tonight at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. One of the suspects is Al Jazeera reports Inbar Twizer.
Police said they had arrested 70 suspects in the past day as part of "Operation Law & Order", in which police are working "against the criminal rioters and anyone involved in the violent incidents in the past two weeks."
The people who arrested the suspects are involved in riots, possession of weapons and police attacks. Meanwhile, since the beginning of the operation, the police have arrested more than 2,000 suspects and about 175 indictments have been filed.
Photo: Police Spokeswoman
On the recommendation of the GSS and the State Attorney's Office, Minister Ganz signed administrative detention orders for Arabs who were suspected of being involved in riots in the city and in Lod, supplying weapons, throwing Molotov cocktails and threatening terrorist attacks. The suspects will be detained for three to six months.
Israel Police chief: The operation "Law and Order" will be extended by a week"
Middle East expert Yoni Ben Menachem reports Palestinians declaring "Day of Rage" in Judea and Samaria tomorrow (Friday) as Jews and Israeli continue visiting Temple Mount, accompanied by Police.
“We were verging on a state of anarchy. And we absolutely must not assume that the recent events we saw in the mixed cities are now behind us – that it’s over. The current state of calm is an illusion, and a temporary one at that. When the explosive-filled barrel of Jews against Arabs ignites again, I fear that there will be gunfights on the streets, with civilians shooting at police and Border Police.”
These are the words of Border Police Commander Amir Cohen in an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper. He admits that, “obviously, this is a nightmare scenario, but the possibility of it occurring gives me no peace. We are not the army, facing a known enemy. We’re police officers who have to confront civilians.”
In this, his first interview since taking on the position, three months ago, Cohen speaks openly about the first hours of the riots in the mixed cities, and admits that the police should have been on the spot right from the beginning.
“It wasn’t the fault of the police that the rioting broke out, and we didn’t cause the vandalism, the killings, or the lynches,” he says. “But I admit that during the initial hours of the riots, the results weren’t good. All the same, we need to look at the broader picture. On the same day, tens of thousands of rioters flooded the streets of Lod, Akko (Acre), Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, Bat Yam, Umm al-Fahm, and even if we’d had hundreds more police officers trying to bring things under control, we still wouldn’t have been able to address every incidence of violence. The capabilities of the police and Border Police are limited when it comes to incidents of such a size and intensity and geographical spread and certainly with the size of the forces available at the time, it was simply not possible to bring matters under control at that point.”
Ultimately, 20 reserve units of Border Police were recruited in order to regain control of the streets. “We succeeded, in a very short space of time, in dousing the flames,” he says.
“I’m not going to get into whose fault it was, and what caused what, but what happened was on a countrywide level. It wasn’t something that the police could have dealt with even if we’d had another 5,000 officers available. We didn’t manage things so well at first – it took time – but once we got there, we gained control of the situation,” he claims. “We arrested more than 1,500 suspects and we are still active, making more arrests every night.”
According to Cohen, the police were taken by surprise by the depth of hatred felt by Arab-Israelis toward them.
“I am extremely disturbed by the physical violence directed toward police,” he says. “The rioters seemed to be actively seeking to enter into battle against us, and I don’t recall anything like that in the past, not on such a scale. We need to bring this out into the open and address it – it’s a nationalistic element that is very disturbing.”
“We’re not the IDF – we don’t expect to be fighting against an enemy in the way they are. I didn’t expect to see Israeli citizens – even if they are Arabs – to aim weapons against law enforcement officers. I’ve seen a lot of fury in demonstrations in the past, sometimes directed at innocent civilians, and I fear that next time around, the civilians living in the mixed cities are liable to take the law into their own hands.”
Asked to comment on recent TikTok videos that have been circulating, showing Arab-Israelis trying to provoke Border Police – who do not respond – Cohen says that there is no other way of dealing with such a phenomenon.
“We can’t fight things like that,” he says. “We know exactly what we want, and no one can confuse us on that. We have a lot of power and our ability to use it wisely is our strength. We don’t want to see people killed following interactions between police and civilians. So they made a ‘V’ sign in front of us. I don’t like it, and it makes me sick to the stomach no less than it makes you, but what can you do?”
A police officer and two Border Police fighters responded quickly to a terror attack and neutralized the assailant at around 1:30 pm (Israel Summer Time).
The terrorist approached a light rail station in a central intersection in Jerusalem, drew out a knife and stabbed a soldier and a civilian.
The security personnel at the scene reacted swiftly, opened fire at the attacker and killed him.
Police spokesman: Border Police located Molotov and other ammo at a mosque in Lod. Border Police were in contact with the local Himam who assisted the security forces to find the weapons. The evidence were taken for investigation. Border Police will continue to stay on high alert in Lod and maintain civilian safety.
The suspects were Be'er Sheva residents suspected of breach of peace and carrying weapons. Police identified the suspects through social media monitoring.
The suspects were transported to the Police station for an investigation
Be'er Sheva Police and Border Police are patrolling the city.
Police say there's zero tolerance for breaking the law