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What Are the Police Looking for in Isawiyah?

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“That’s how it is with Isawiyah … it’s my first love,” says policeman Assaf Ovadia, a little smile on his face and a film of sentimentality in his eyes. “This is the first village I was given responsibility for.” That is the start of the hunt for the weapons presumably smuggled by a “terrorist” in the first episode of the fake documentary series “Jerusalem District.” This is the series that was removed from the screen and the network after Haaretz reporter Nir Hasson revealed that the highly praised district policemen had planted the weapon in the home of an Isawiyah resident for the drama.

The series was buried, the producer apologized to the Kan TV station and the audience (but not to the Palestinian whose home was raided in the middle of the night, his children violently awakened to be unwitting extras in the Israeli entertainment industry). But the policemen of the Jerusalem District continue to screw Isawiyah.

Yes, the police screw Isawiyah. There’s no other way to describe the hell in which the residents of the neighborhood that borders on the Hebrew University fortress of concrete and imperviousness on Mount Scopus have been living for almost five months. There have been 150 days and nights of raids by Yasam (Israel’s SWAT team) and the Border Police, checkpoints on the streets, stun grenades, bullets, one dead and dozens of wounded, hundreds of detentions and arrests, beatings, reports, fines, shouting on megaphones, wailing sirens day and night, blue flashes, screaming and sobbing.

The situation in Isawiyah has become a police TV series – or perhaps a........

© Haaretz