Jerusalem24 – The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, revealed today, Thursday, instructions issued to Israeli soldiers stationed in the West Bank – in every “security shift” at checkpoints- to enter the details and photos of at least 50 Palestinians into the monitoring system, called the “Blue Wolf”.
Last November, a comprehensive investigation was published in the Washington Post, which revealed that the Israeli army had used the regime indiscriminately against the Palestinians and gathered details about them.
A group of Israeli soldiers who started working in the West Bank recently protested to their commanders about the demand to meet the quota, and one of the soldiers told the newspaper, that the request made the soldiers’ task as if they were on a race mission to increase the number of Palestinians in the system at the expense of maintaining the security for which they were stationed, pointing that there are security-sensitive points where attacks have occurred in the past, and some soldiers feel that this activity is only related to their presence, which is incompatible with their main tasks.
Some soldiers told the Israeli newspaper that this trend stems from a competition taking place among the Israeli army command in the West Bank between all the brigades and units operating in the West Bank to register the largest number of Palestinians within the system and that it is important for field commanders to prove themselves before the senior officers in the army command.
And the Washington Post reported in its report at the time that during 2020, some soldiers received awards regarding their great performance.
The IOF spokesperson responded to the report by saying that as part of “the fight against terrorism, the army conducts security and intelligence operations on the ground, with an ongoing effort to minimize damage to the living fabric of the Palestinian population.” According to his claim.