Israeli Police Place Checkpoints Outside East Jerusalem Neighborhoods

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Police search a Palestinian outside the East Jerusalem neighborhood Jabel Mukaber, October 14, 2015.Credit: AFP

The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday began the deployment of six companies in major cities, in order to assist the police in contending with the wave of terror attacks. The police are also setting up checkpoints at exits from Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

The measures were announced early on Wednesday, after the security cabinet decided to "impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations," the Prime Minister's Office said.

As part of the integration of forces, military police will work with the Israel Police in various cities, following a pattern previously used territories. This involves joint patrols of military and civilian police, with most policing authority remaining in police hands. If the escalation continues, further reinforcements may be necessary.

On Tuesday, two additional battalions were deployed in the West Bank, while three other companies were dispatched to the seam line and two battalions to the Gaza Strip border. Since this wave of attacks started, the IDF has reinforced its activity across Israel and the territories with 11 battalions from its regular, non-reserve forces. This is a 50 percent increase over the number that was deployed prior to October 1.

In addition to the military deployment, the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved on Wednesday morning the mobilization of 1,400 Border Police reservists. The Border Police’s representative at the committee’s meeting, Commander Amir Cohen, said that up to now 850 reservists have been called up so far, and that the others will be called up if needed. Cohen added that these policemen have undergone training in recent days, and that there are currently no changes in the rules of engagement.

The security cabinet meeting, which began early on Tuesday evening and ended around 1 A.M. Wednesday, dealt with ways to combat the recent wave of terror attacks.

The ministers also decided during the meeting that terrorists' homes that had been demolished will not be rebuilt, and that the permanent residency rights of terrorists will be revoked and their property confiscated.

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