Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Israeli impersonation

Lt. Col. Erez Wiener, IDF division operations chief for the West Bank, in an interview given to Defense Daily, as quoted in Defensetech.org, discussing 'impersonation units' deployed by Israel:

"Of the 2,200 arrests Israelis made in the West Bank last year, about 1,500 were conducted by special operation forces (SOF), including 366 by a special Arab impersonation unit, he explained. These specially selected and trained personnel have demonstrated the ability to completely blend into the opposing population for intelligence and operational purposes.

The unit would be a component of a much wider military and intelligence campaign designed to create an infrastructure for human intelligence gathering and rapid dissemination, he said. 'You must be able to get the kind of timely information, like '[a terrorist] is planning on detonating a bomb at that intersection right there the next time one of your vehicles passes.''"

How then do you know whether any 'terrorist' attack is a real Palestinian attack or an IDF action as part of the ongoing Israeli propaganda war against the Palestinians? Wouldn't it be prudent to at least question those attacks which appear to hurt the Palestinian cause?