Jerusalem24 – An Israeli police official said that the majority of perpetrators of crimes inside the Palestinian territories are cooperating with the Israeli General Security Service (Shin Bet), which limits the ability to act against them, according to a report by the Israeli Channel 12, on Wednesday evening.
According to the channel, the police official’s statements came during a recent session at the police headquarters, to prepare for the meeting held by the Inspector General of Police, Yaakov Shabtai, with the Minister of Internal Security in the Israeli government, Omer Bar-Lev.
During the session, the official said, “The perpetrators who lead serious crimes in Arab society are mostly collaborators with the Shin Bet. This situation handcuffs the police. These collaborators who enjoy immunity cannot be harmed.”
The channel indicated that, during his meeting with the Minister of Internal Security, the Inspector General of Police raised allegations about the lack of tools and capabilities necessary to deal with what he described as “crimes committed against a national background.”
During the meeting, Bar-Lev pointed out that “the Arabs blame the police for causing the violent incidents that erupted in the mixed cities” last May, in reference to the repression of the police and the Israeli security services and the attacks by settlers during the popular uprising that erupted in rejection of the Israeli attacks in Jerusalem and the recent aggression against Gaza.
The Israeli minister stressed the need to “provide police investigators with tools that only the Shin Bet has,” as the channel put it.
The police launched a massive campaign of arrests in Arab cities and towns in a political pursuit that followed the confrontations that erupted during the response of the residents of Arab neighborhoods in the mixed cities to attacks carried out by settlers in many mixed cities, such as Lod, Acre and Jaffa, and the protests in other Arab cities and towns in the 48 regions.
The situation in the Palestinian territories has exploded as a result of continuous attacks by police and settlers, since last April, in Jerusalem, especially the Damascus Gate area, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings, and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; in addition to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip during the period between May 10 and 21.