Israeli undercover police incite violence in Ramallah

Israeli policemen were seen disguised in civilian clothes and Palestinian keffeyiehs, throwing stones at Israeli security forces among Palestinian protesters

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli soldiers detain a wounded Palestinian protester during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, October 7, 2015

Armed Israeli policemen went undercover in Ramallah on Wednesday, dissolved in a crowd of Palestinian protesters and started throwing stones at security forces, thus inciting Palestinians to do the same, as seen in footage filmed by the AFP.

Two Palestinians were shot with live bullets, seen bleeding in the video as they were heavily injured and repeatedly beaten by both the undercover elements and the Israeli security forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said medics could not gain access to the two brutally beaten and shot Palestinian protesters, as they were being detained sans medical attention.

The undercover agents were at least 8 in number, dressed in civilian clothes with traditional Palestinian Keffeyiehs (traditional scarves) covering their faces, thus they succeeded in infiltrating the group of Palestinian protesting just outside of Ramallah on Wednesday.

The incident was luckily caught on camera, thus leaving little to speculation, the undercover agents are seen throwing rocks and stones clashes near the illegal Beit El settlement block outside of Ramallah.

After Palestinian protesters started copying the undercover agents and throwing stones, the security forces retaliated with gunfire and teargas, only then did the Palestinian protesters start running from the scene. Israeli undercover agents then proceeded to draw out hand guns and begin detaining the protesters.

The agents are also seen harassing and brutally beating the defenseless bleeding protesters, with the help of the fully armed Israeli army forces.

The Israeli army claims 350 protesters were throwing rocks, firebombs and shooting fireworks at Israeli forces in the Beit El clashes. However, they did not comment, neither denying or confirming the incident of the undercover agents.

Undercover Israeli security personnel and Israeli soldiers take position during clashes with Palestinians near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 7, 2015 [Reuters]

The AFP journalist who filmed the incident in full wrote a blog post after the incident on Wednesday, saying “It's fairly common to see Israeli agents infiltrate the crowds of Palestinian stone throwers during demonstrations,” the journalist wrote. “I've witnessed this plenty of times in Jerusalem.”

“But today, I filmed these undercover agents for the first time firing live bullets into a crowd of protesters,” he added.

Apparently, this is not the first time Israel used undercover agents to incite violence and cast blame on Palestinian protesters. The use of undercover agents has been witnessed multiple times but this is the first time it has been videotaped in full.

Palestinian activists argue the cadre of Israeli undercover police forces are Druze, Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Palestinians even have a word for Israeli undercover agents and policemen, Mustarabiin, meaning someone who is disguised and acts like an Arab.

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