WATCH: Dramatic Footage of Undercover Israeli Forces Arresting Palestinian Rioters (PICTURE GALLERY)

Undercover counter-terrorism officers dressed up as Palestinians rioters, arrested rioters during a violent standoff outside Ramallah yesterday. Over 400 violent rioters clashed with Israeli security forces, burning tires and throwing rocks  and Molotov Cocktails, the IDF spokesperson said.

Palestinians have been rioting for the last seven days in protest to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy to Jerusalem.

The Red Crescent reports that 285 Palestinians were injured, many of thise injuries include those suffering from tear-gas inhalation that the IDF blasted to control the rioters. About 60 were wounded by rubber bullets.

Video footage released by the IDF spokesperson shows a violent protest that turned into riots in Ramallah. You can see one of the Mistarvim undercover officer who is wearing jeans, a black T-shirt and a Palestinian flag bandana, holding a rioter around the neck with his arm as he fires warning shots into the air to disperse other rioters who may try and attack him.


Several rioters were arrested and others were interrogated by security forces. The IDF says that a fear of one of their own being an undercover soldier, prevents much larger and more more violent riots.

These elite soldiers are known as Mistaravim, which is the name given to  units of the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Border Police and Israel Police who operate undercover. Such units are specifically trained to assimilate among the local Arab population. They are commonly tasked with performing intelligence gathering, law enforcement, hostage rescue missions and counter-terrorist operations, that uses disguise and surprise as their main weapons.

The name is derived from the Arabic “Musta’arabi”, meaning “those who live among the Arabs”, which refers to the Musta’arabi Jews – Arabic-speaking Jews who lived in the Middle East since the beginning of the Arab rule in the 7th century, prior to the arrival of Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews following their expulsion from Spain in 1492.