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No Off Shift for Soldiers Until They Enter 50 Palestinian Names in Database

In every “security shift” at checkpoints- soldiers enter the details and photos of at least 50 Palestinians into the monitoring system, called the “Blue Wolf"

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”.

According to the newspaper, the “Blue Wolf” system that the Israeli army has been using for two and a half years, is a database of details and photos of Palestinians, to be monitored and viewed. The details include, among other things, identification number, age, gender, place of residence, vehicle number, connections with other people, work status, and even a reporting of a negative impression of Palestinian behavior during an exchange with the soldier who entered the details. according to the newspaper, the system also includes those who have no information or bases linking them to “terrorist activities.”

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.

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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