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Israel Braces for Violence ahead of Last Friday of Ramadan

April 28, 2022

by: Elior Levy ~ Ynetnews

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Israeli Police during Temple Mount riots in 2015

Thursday, 28 April 2022 | Jerusalem Police was on Wednesday preparing for Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque, at the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan [one of the Five Pillars of Islam when stringent disciplines are observed].

Riots have broken out on the site repeatedly for the past month after Palestinians collected rocks and other material to use against police forces and Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall.

Earlier this month, forces broke into the mosque and arrested hundreds of rioters, mostly residents of east Jerusalem and some from the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] or Arab communities in Israel.

Speaking to Ynet, the officials said that the police identified the Israeli Arab area of Wadi Ara in northern Israel as a source of some of the extreme rioters who were inciting others on social media. Still, they said no intelligence was available ahead of time as to the role Israeli citizens would play in the riots.

The lack of intelligence was identified during the May 2021 riots in mixed Jewish and Arab cities. The police at the time was unprepared and only after three days was able to muster the manpower needed to contain them.

Some personnel were summoned from the forces’ reserve units and others were transferred from other hotspots in efforts to prevent a more dangerous outburst of violent clashes.

The police took [it] upon themselves to establish an intelligence unit that will coordinate with all other security agencies, which has thus far succeeded in foiling attacks and has identified numerous inciters on social media.

“The Shin Bet [Israeli internal security organization] understands it must up its game when it comes to intelligence gathering, so that the police, as well as other agencies, would be able to act, conduct preventive detentions, break up groups of bad actors and remove inciteful content from the web.”

This week is the last Friday of Ramadan and will be a test of the advanced intelligence the force will have, as violent clashes are expected.

In preparation, troop deployment has been increased in Jerusalem.

The Shin Bet said in response that it is working in full cooperation with the police to end the violence on Temple Mount.

The intelligence provided by the agency has contributed to the arrest of many and the prevention of violence. The Shin Bet will continue to cooperate with its partners in order to protect Israelis.

Posted on April 28, 2022

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on April 27, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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