Palestinian throws a stone at West Bank demonstration 311 (R.
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The IDF has identified an increase in the participation of members of the
Palestinian Authority security forces in anti-Israel demonstrations throughout
the West Bank, senior military sources said this week.
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According to one
officer, the army recently arrested three Palestinian policemen at
demonstrations against Israel after they threw rocks at Israeli security
One of the policemen, an officer with the rank of captain, was
arrested recently at a regular Friday demonstration near the Palestinian village
of Nabi Salih. All three policemen were in civilian dress when they were
While the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) have
said that the PA is financing the weekly demonstrations held near Bil’in, Ni’lin
and Nabi Salih, this is the first time that the IDF has identified the active
participation of security officers.
“We believe that the PA is financing
the protests, but it is new that security officers are involved,” a senior
Defense officials said this week that while the
participation of the Palestinian security officers in anti-Israel
demonstrations was “disturbing,” in general, the PA security forces were doing
an impressive job cracking down on criminal and terrorist elements in the West
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Eight battalions trained by the United States in Jordan have
deployed in the West Bank, and another two are scheduled to join by the end of
the year. Each battalion numbers about 500 security officers who are trained by
the office of the United States Security Coordinator to Israel and the West Bank
Lt.-Gen. Michael Moeller.
“We have dramatically cut down on the number of
[IDF] operations inside West Bank cities due to the general decrease in
terrorism, which is [the result of] a combination of our continued activity and
the operations carried out by the PA forces,” an IDF officer said.
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