IDF reportedly arrests PA policeman for alleged incitement on social media

September 4, 2017 15:17

The IDF arrested Palestinain Authority policeman William Rimawi early Monday morning near Ramallah, multiple Palestinian news sites reported.

A Shin Bet spokesman confirmed that Rimawi, who is 30 years old, was arrested in the village of Beit Rima, some 35 kilometers north of Ramallah.

“He was arrested for making extremist statements on social media and on suspicion of planning terror activity,” the Shin Bet spokesman said.

PA police spokesman Louay Zreikat verified that Rimawi is a policeman.

Members of the Rimawi family were not available to comment.

The IDF rarely arrests members of the PA security forces with whom they coordinate security in the West Bank. The IDF and PA have reportedly foiled numerous planned attacks against Israelis.

Over the past couple of years, however, approximately three members of the PA security forces have carried out attacks against Israeli security personnel.

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