WEST BANK (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime’s army is recruiting former officers with the Shin Bet spy agency to spy on Palestinians living in the occupied territories under the pretext of combating the coronavirus, Israel’s Walla news site revealed.
The site quoted senior sources in the Home Front Command as saying that the army has contacted former officers in the Shabak, who are known for their knowledge of Arabs living in the occupied territories, and asked them to join a new "security body” tasked with tracking coronavirus infections.
A former army officer, who had been contacted by the army, told the news site that while the official aim of the new "security body” is to help obtain information about coronavirus infections within the Palestinian community, he fears the new body has greater plans for the future.
A member of the Knesset (parliament), MK Aida Touma-Solomon of the Arab Joint List said the report paves the way for more ‘legal’ violations against Arabs.
Israel views the Palestinians who remained in their homes in historic Palestine and who later became citizens of Israel as a demographic threat.
The former director of the occupying regime’s domestic spy service Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, publicly said that his apparatus would pursue every Arab who refused to recognize the occupying regime while prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has repeatedly described them as "demographic time bomb”.
Today, Palestinian citizens in the occupied territories represent 21 percent of the territory’s population.