The police deployed an Advanced Observation Vehicle for Intelligence Gathering dubbed "The Raccoon" during the social protest in Tel Aviv Saturday evening.
The Raccoon is considered one of the most advanced and sophisticated data collecting tools in the IDF's Field Intelligence Corps and is used to collect intelligence during combat.
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The large field vehicle is equipped with advanced data collecting systems, including radars with night and day identification capabilities, long-range cameras and a monitoring system that can communicate with other Corps.
'Used for data gathering in combat.' The Raccoon
On Sunday morning, social justice activists arrived in Ashdod in order to help set up a tent city. One of the protest movement's leaders, Daphni Leef, told reporters that "its inconceivable that while citizens in the south don’t even have functioning shelters, Israel's defense budget is used for trying to thwart and frighten a non-violent civilian protest."
Another protester added: "It seems that Israel's existential threat this summer is students and kindergarten teachers that go out on the street to fight for education, housing and our welfare."
The advantage of the vehicle is its ability to mobilize in open areas, and its use in a crowded place such as Tel Aviv is highly unusual.
The Tel Aviv District Police refused to comment.
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