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Text testimonies Undercover unit
catalog number: 546045
Rank: Captain
Area: Jenin area
period: 2007 - 2008
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Undercover unit
Rank: Captain
Area: Jenin area
period: 2007 - 2008

There was an operation we took part in – we gathered intelligence about a militant in a village in the Jenin area. This village was isolated. It was located quite high topographically, there were roads going in and out of it in both directions, and there was no other access to it. There was a militant living in this village and every time a military force came there, the villagers knew plenty of time in advance because there was only one access road, so he escaped. We were given intelligence that he sometimes came home for weekends. So we activated intelligence sources on weekends and he was indeed detected there, armed, with another armed friend. The operation prepared by brigade HQ was for intelligence gathering. They didn’t exactly plan how and who would carry out an arrest once he was spotted. So when he was spotted, at that moment they decided to alert the Border Police’s undercover unit. It was a Saturday, and within a few hours the team was ready for action and got to the village. They went into a house next door and then came running out.

Which team? The undercover unit. The working assumption was that you could only get into the village undercover, not openly. It was midday. It very quickly developed into the undercover guys shooting at that terrorist and his friend. One was killed and the other was seriously wounded. The shooting also killed an Israeli kid, an Israeli Arab from Rahat.

Did the undercover agents get hit? No, not at all. I guess the goal was to arrest the guy, on one hand. On the other hand, maybe that was only half serious, because in all the undercover missions I’ve heard about, only once was anyone ever arrested. Every time they were involved, it ended in killing. I’m almost sure there were no shots fired at them, I think there was no time for that. They’re running and there’s shooting. Would there be time to raise a weapon? Did they get a chance to pick up a weapon or not? I don’t know. I think that the rules of engagement allowed [the agents] to shoot if [the Palestinians] were armed, they didn’t even have to wait for any danger in order to shoot. I saw them unloading. The second I got there was after the shooting, but very soon afterwards.