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PA security forces fight crime in Jerusalem neighborhoods, towns
Published Saturday 09/11/2013 (updated) 11/11/2013 11:41
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian security forces on Friday entered several Israeli-occupied neighborhoods and towns in the Jerusalem area for the first time since the Palestinian Authority was established, a PA security official said.

PA security spokesman Adnan Dmeiri told Ma'an that Palestinian police entered the occupied areas of al-Ram, Beit Hanina, Shufat, Anata, and al-Sawahira Friday and began a crackdown on criminal activity.

Twenty-five suspects have been detained so far, Dmeiri said.

Dmeiri told Ma'an that PA police forces intervened given Israel's neglect of its security responsibilities in the areas.

Israel "doesn't pay attention" to the security situation in these neighborhoods, Dmeiri said. They have become a refuge for fugitives and drug dealers.

"As a result, crime spread, endangering civil peace."

Given the rising frequency of armed robbery and property assaults, the PA asked its allies to mediate and convince Israel to allow Palestinian security forces to operate in these Jerusalem areas, Dmeiri said.

Dmeiri said offenses in some neighborhoods around Jerusalem have nearly reached the level of "organized crime," but that Israeli security has failed to address the problems.

"When we entered al-Ram, there were no Israeli (security) forces in the town."

Coordination with Israel

Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian officials held major talks last year about a possible coordination of security forces to fight crime, the spokesman said.

However, "the current crackdown is not related to last year's talks."

The security spokesman noted that Palestinian police activity in the areas are temporary, and by no means constitute full PA security control of East Jerusalem.

However, he was hopeful for an expansion of PA security activity in Israeli-controlled areas.

"We hope we can operate in other towns," he said.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

Israel unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem in 1980.
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1 ) Dimi / Germany
09/11/2013 13:35
People suffer more under crimes then under the absence of big solutions of politicians .Therefore, it is a very good idea that security forces of PA,Jordan and Israel cooperate. Congratulations!!!

2 ) Candy / Canada
09/11/2013 13:44
The Palestinian Authority was formed in 1994, have they been dressed up like that for 19 years, waiting for someone else to clean up these dope dealers and thieves in Arab towns.

3 ) Tony / Us
09/11/2013 14:39
The PA are on Israel's payroll to do their dirty job for them. This move is to soften the impact of Israel's crimes on the Palestinian people and makes no difference to the suffering of the people on the ground

4 ) Zainab / UK
09/11/2013 15:21
What did Mr Kerry put in President Abbas' tea, when he came to visit? Finally the PA is doing something to help the poor people of East Jerusalem who live in constant fear of harassment by the Zionist squatters. E. Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians. I saw a film on 'You Tube' about Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood, it was awful what happened to those people, all being evicted from their homes for no reason, except that they were Arabs & allegedly had issues with paperwork. Lets see if this helps!

5 ) A Road To Peace & Statehood / Perspective
09/11/2013 17:08
Al-Ram is NE of Jerusalem, outside the city's municipal border. Beit Hanina is on the Ramallah road, 8 km north of central Jerusalem, and Shufat, Anata, al-Sawahira are also NOT "Jerusalem neighborhoods", except from the PLO's Perspective !! Now, given the different PLO-Israel Perspectives, these and other such Palestinian villages could become Palestine's claimed East Jerusalem capital, while what Israel views as "Jerusalem" remains united, and ** Thus "Pave" A ROAD TO PEACE & STATEHOOD.

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
09/11/2013 17:15
- If the PLO brought WEAPONS, like those IN the above photo, into what Israel considers to be "JERUSALEM neighborhoods", it WOULD BE both a serious breach of the Oslo Agreements, and likely considered AN ACT OF WAR, and, - Since such PLO weapons killed Israelis during the 2d Intifada, Israel would respond to such initial PLO aggression tests !!

7 ) Abraham / Canada
09/11/2013 19:51
PA security forces are commanded by a Europeaner stationed in Ramallah under the flag of Interpol financed by EU. Palestinians don't control their own. They nab people on Israel's shi* list . They haven't stopped a single israeli settler from terrorizing palestinian civilians, burning thousands of olive tree, assaulting palestinian elders . Instead last month they went into jenin 500 strong in order to kidnap they guy who killed a Zionist soldier. What a crime against its own people

8 ) Outlier / USA
09/11/2013 21:39
Hugely problematic. A joint PLO-Israel initiative makes more sense.

9 ) Tibi tubass / Falastin
09/11/2013 22:19
You don't know your left eye from ur right eye , lol

10 ) General Amin / Cairo
09/11/2013 22:31
the Dayton forces,” the Palestinian security services are formally under the authority of American general KIETH DAYTON . Under oslo occords he is supreme commander Of palestinian security forces. He's has the say in all security matters. He order abbas forces to arrest activists. That's why abbas forces never confronts settlers ,violent extremist organized criminals and backed by the israeli Mossad ,.he arrests hamas members and orders executions. Knowledge is power.

11 ) Zainab / UK
09/11/2013 22:46
@5) - A Road to Peace & Statehood - Do I read you correctly, most of what you have just described is already viewed as E Jerusalem or bordering. What about the old city, the mosque? Land grab, total land grab, wouldn't go down well at all, 1967 borders & all that. The best that could probably be hoped for would be a split, with minor concessions to neighbourhoods. As for the mosque, massive implications for peace process if not in E Jerusalem, mosque is a contentious issue, best think on here...

12 ) Rami / Palestine
10/11/2013 08:24
#7 That's hilarious: a zionist talking about breaches of the Oslo Agreements when virtually everything the Israelis have done since the signing of Oslo has been a breach of the agreement....and NO its not an act of war, because no one outside of Israel recognizes Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem. You don't get to draw the borders wherever you want and then get to declare war on anyone who doesn't agree. That's not how it works.
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