IDF surveillance tool deployed to record protests

July 1, 2012 19:07

If you were marching through Tel Aviv Saturday night in the smaller, alternative march that broke off from the main social justice demonstration, hopefully you were smiling and your fly was zipped because you may have been photographed by one of the IDF’s most state-of-the art field recon and surveillance vehicles.

Social networks were abuzz Sunday with photos of the “Raccoon” parked on the streets of central Tel Aviv. Used by the IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, the Raccoon is an armored Humvee outfitted with an advanced surveillance system that includes a radar and long-range day/night electro-optical observation system mounted on a mast rising from the vehicle’s roof.

Typically deployed on the battlefield by the IDF, the Raccoon could be seen Saturday night next to the Azrieli mall in Tel Aviv, as well as on Ibn Gvirol and Kaplan streets, repeatedly appearing in front of the crowds blocking intersections, its mast rising over the protesters.

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