Arab Today, arab today palestinian police wage war
Last Updated : GMT 04:27:46
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

On stolen Israeli car traffic

Palestinian police wage war

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Palestinian police wage war

A bulldozer smashes a car as part of efforts to combat
Ramallah - Arab Today

At the police officer's gesture, the bulldozer smashes its shovel into a blue Hyundai -- the latest of thousands of cars destroyed by Palestinian police every year. 

The car's owner and her children protest, but receive little sympathy.

"This car has not been legally registered since 2007, despite its Israeli licence plates," the officer, who declines to give his name, tells AFP.

"I asked her to produce documents and she couldn't present any."

The operation is part of efforts to combat a large underground car market that sees vehicles stolen in Israel or deemed unfit for the roads there transported into the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian authorities are concerned in part because crimes are often carried out using such unregistered cars still carrying their old Israeli plates.

Throughout the West Bank, vacant lots covered with stacks of hundreds of cars crushed by bulldozers bearing Israeli plates are an indication of the police crackdown.

Two vehicles of armed police and two bulldozers were involved in the recent roadside demolition at Al-Ram, a Palestinian area on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

The officer heading the operation said he had seized 100 vehicles lacking documents in a day.

Many are crushed on the spot without a longer trial, before being taken away to landfills.

In 2016, 16,000 vehicles met the same fate, Palestinian police said, with 5,000 in January and February in the small territory occupied for 50 years by Israel.

Some of the cars were stolen from Israel and illegally brought into the West Bank for resale to Palestinians. 

Others were declared unfit to run on Israeli roads, where annual tests check the condition of the vehicles in circulation.

They are removed from Israeli registers, and their owners are supposed to scrap them.

But instead they are often transported to the West Bank, where they pass into Palestinian hands at unbeatable prices, sometimes just a few hundred dollars.

- 'A landfill' -

Israelis and Palestinians are still struggling with an inextricable conflict over the land, and Israel has built an imposing security barrier that runs through the West Bank. 

Heavily guarded checkpoints closely monitor what goes into Israel, including cars, but controls are far looser going in the opposite direction.

Palestinian police are not allowed to operate on the other side of the checkpoints, as they remain under the exclusive control of the Israeli army.

The Israeli guards show less concern in stopping vehicles with Israeli yellow plates, allowed to enter the West Bank, than those with Palestinian white plates, which are banned from entering Israel.

Holders of Israeli identity papers -- Palestinians from east Jerusalem or Arab Israelis -- can use this blind spot to drive the cars to the West Bank.

Cars deemed illegal in Israel are thus able to crisscross the West Bank freely, causing a headache for Palestinian police, spokesman Louay Ezrikat said.

"Most of the crimes and offences committed in the West Bank, such as thefts or attacks, are carried out using unregistered vehicles with yellow plates," he said in his office in Ramallah

A policeman recently died after being hit with such a vehicle when the driver refused to stop for a check.

Of the 15 Palestinians killed on the road in January and February, seven died in accidents involving unregistered vehicles, he added.

The ministry of religious endowments recently set the topic of such cars as the theme of the sermon at Friday prayers in all mosques in the West Bank.

Ezrikat points a finger at Israeli authorities, who conduct strict checks on what enters Israel but have little concern for what leaves.

"All of these vehicles enter from Israeli-controlled checkpoints, which allow Israeli individuals to make the Palestinian territories a landfill," Ezrikat said. 

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the issue was well known to them and they cooperated fully with their Palestinian counterparts, including regular arrests.

Source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

GMT 10:49 2017 Thursday ,27 April

Uber partners with Dubai to test flying cars

GMT 08:22 2017 Wednesday ,26 April

Hyundai Motor posts 21% drop

GMT 11:31 2017 Tuesday ,25 April

Volvo profits lifted by strong lorry demand

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,24 April

Hands-free driving on highways

GMT 21:33 2017 Saturday ,22 April

Volkswagen gathers owners and fans

GMT 08:34 2017 Friday ,21 April

Flying cars take off on French Riviera

GMT 14:15 2017 Tuesday ,18 April

Among top 10 Bentley markets

GMT 13:18 2017 Friday ,14 April

Ford: Hybrid police car catches bad guys
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today palestinian police wage war Arab Today, arab today palestinian police wage war

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today palestinian police wage war Arab Today, arab today palestinian police wage war

 



Arab Today, arab today Jordanian girls managed to design gowns

GMT 18:13 2017 Friday ,14 July

Jordanian girls managed to design gowns
Arab Today, arab today US to ban travel to North Korea

GMT 15:20 2017 Friday ,21 July

US to ban travel to North Korea
Arab Today, arab today Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan

GMT 14:44 2017 Monday ,29 May

Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today SOHR confirms death of Daesh leader

GMT 14:54 2017 Tuesday ,11 July

SOHR confirms death of Daesh leader
Arab Today, arab today Media council abandon complaint against writer

GMT 20:53 2017 Wednesday ,14 June

Media council abandon complaint against writer
Arab Today, arab today Designer prepared new set of ornaments

GMT 02:45 2017 Wednesday ,28 June

Designer prepared new set of ornaments
Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today How to do your own Ramadan corner?

GMT 15:53 2017 Saturday ,27 May

How to do your own Ramadan corner?
Arab Today, arab today Halima Boland believes in her self-confidence

GMT 16:44 2017 Sunday ,04 June

Halima Boland believes in her self-confidence

GMT 10:49 2017 Thursday ,27 April

Uber partners with Dubai to test flying cars

GMT 08:22 2017 Wednesday ,26 April

Hyundai Motor posts 21% drop

GMT 11:31 2017 Tuesday ,25 April

Volvo profits lifted by strong lorry demand

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,24 April

Hands-free driving on highways

GMT 21:33 2017 Saturday ,22 April

Volkswagen gathers owners and fans

GMT 08:34 2017 Friday ,21 April

Flying cars take off on French Riviera

GMT 14:15 2017 Tuesday ,18 April

Among top 10 Bentley markets

GMT 13:18 2017 Friday ,14 April

Ford: Hybrid police car catches bad guys
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today AED 1.5 bn in humanitarian , developmental

GMT 04:23 2017 Saturday ,24 June

AED 1.5 bn in humanitarian , developmental
Arab Today, arab today Transformation in Saudi women’s role in labor
Arab Today, arab today 'Don' and 'Hilary' storm near US

GMT 00:47 2017 Friday ,21 July

'Don' and 'Hilary' storm near US
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Jaguar displays XF Sportbrake line

GMT 14:36 2017 Monday ,08 May

Jaguar displays XF Sportbrake line
Arab Today, arab today BMW sees forecasts in reach

GMT 09:04 2017 Thursday ,04 May

BMW sees forecasts in reach
Arab Today, arab today Kinda Aloush reveals reason behind her absence

GMT 14:40 2017 Monday ,17 July

Kinda Aloush reveals reason behind her absence
Arab Today, arab today FANC warns of threats against meadows, pastures

GMT 15:42 2017 Wednesday ,21 June

FANC warns of threats against meadows, pastures

GMT 14:56 2017 Saturday ,15 July

Ahmed Zaher praises reactions to “Case G”

GMT 09:49 2017 Tuesday ,02 May

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition

GMT 16:35 2017 Monday ,24 April

Oprah Winfrey conquers acting fears

GMT 16:21 2017 Monday ,26 June

Etiquette expert calls for short visits

GMT 16:29 2017 Monday ,08 May

Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 12:13 2017 Thursday ,11 May

Zainab Fadel Oglu designs “Shakerin” mosque

GMT 16:25 2017 Sunday ,04 June

“Suhoor” is basic meal for fasting

GMT 06:28 2017 Tuesday ,30 May

Yemen cholera death toll rises

GMT 15:54 2017 Wednesday ,17 May

Saudi Arabia ranks first in Ramadan tourism

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 18:26 2017 Saturday ,15 July

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu to close down
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday