Migron outpost aerial_311.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
If you are a police officer living in an illegal structure, you might find your
name and a photograph of your home on Facebook, warned the non-governmental
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There is a “new phenomenon,” it said, in which concerned
citizens are using Israel Police’s Facebook page to report on such
Regavim on Sunday distributed to the media three posts to the
police Facebook page, put up in the last weeks.
In two cases, according
to Regavim, someone posted information regarding a Beduin officer that included
a name, address, photograph of the home and the charge that the building was
Similarly, someone also posted information regarding an
officer whose home was one of three unauthorized structures demolished at the
start of September at the Migron outpost, according to Regavim.
case, Regavim provided the media with photographs of the three posts, which no
longer appear on the Facebook page.
The posts come in the aftermath of a
new Regavim campaign initiated two weeks ago, to target officers who live in
Under the slogan, “Enforce the law – on the law
enforcers,” it called on the public to combat illegal construction by posting on
the police’s Facebook page, or sending information to an email address set up by
Regavim called email@example.com.
Regavim advertised the
campaign at the bottom of its web page. It does not specifically mention Israeli
Arab or Beduin police in the campaign’s text.
Regavim works to combat
unauthorized construction, both among Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank or
among Israeli Arabs and Beduin living within the pre-1967
Similarly, the organization has taken issue in specific with
Israeli Arab and Beduin members of the police force that live in such illegal
It initially raised the matter of police living in illegal
structures after a citizen complained that an officer was living at the Migron
outpost over the summer.
Regavim’s director of operations, Betzalel
Smotrich, called on the police to investigate the complaints and enforce the
“We have an obligation to stand by the police to warn against
criminals in uniform who are acting against the law by living in illegal homes,”
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri, however, denied Monday that a
phenomenon of tattling on police in illegal homes through Facebook existed. But
she did not deny that the information had been posted.