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Vanguard in Humiliating Palestinians

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
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Amira Hass
Amira Hass

Sometime after three in the morning, the phone rings in the war room of the Palestinian security liaison and coordination office. The sleepy officer on duty hears the voice of his counterpart, a sleepy soldier at Israel’s Civil Administration, announcing that the army is about to raid this or that Palestinian locality. What this means is that all Palestinian police must go into their offices at once. In the Civil Administration’s internal slang, this task is known as “folding up SHOPIM,” with SHOPIM standing for the Hebrew acronym for “Palestinian policemen.” The phone warning and “folding up” are a routine both sides make sure to uphold, because “nobody wants one side to shoot at the other,” as a former soldier in the unit told Haaretz.

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