Shin Bet: Curbing East J'lem Terrorism

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In view of increasing terrorism emanating from Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, the Shin Bet (General Security Agency) made several recommendations Wednesday to deter future attacks.

Demolishing the family homes of terrorists and imposing financial consequences on their family members, such as canceling national health insurance benefits, were two of their recommendations.

"These recommendations will have a long-term effect on people and will likely contribute to deterring others from perpetrating attacks in the future," one Shin Bet official said.

They also recommended increasing the number of border police patrols in east Jerusalem neighborhoods.

"There is a vacuum in these areas around [the city center of] Jerusalem, and violent and terrorist elements have moved inside," they said.

"There is no effective enforcement of law and order in these areas, from tax collection to police investigative work," said the officials.

Security officials also noted an increase in religiously observant Muslims in Sur Bahir, Jebl Mukaber and Shuafat, neighborhoods that have spawned the recent acts of terrorism in Jerusalem.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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