These Mista’Aravim Terror Units Often Engage in Terrorist Operations Throughout the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan), East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania) and South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan) often dressed up as Arabs and/or Muslims when literally engaging in acts of terrorism. Sometimes they get caught in the act. Sometimes they don’t. They get trained posing as Arabs while acting as border police attempting to infiltrate and tame the Palestinian gangs often throwing rocks at them. After the initial training process is complete, they are often deployed to covert terrorist operations worldwide.
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Mistaravim is the name given to those counter-terrorism units of the Israel Defense Forces in which soldiers are specifically trained to “be an Arab” and go into the occupied territories to capture (or kill) a wanted terrorist. These are also commonly known as the ‘Arab Platoons’. In Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Acts of War, it is stated that Mistaravim do not allow their real identities to become known to people outside their unit, and that even when they are undercover, they go to great lengths to avoid being recorded. They are also said to be trained in counter-detection of human or mechanical surveillance.
Mistaravim is the plural of “mista’arev”, the Hebrew slang for “being an Arab and suddenly charging/’rushing'”.
Training for these units is about fifteen months:
* Four months basic infantry training in the Mitkan Adam army base – the IDF Special Training Center.
* Two and a half months of advanced infantry training in the same base.
* Two months unit’s basic training, which focus on advanced urban navigation exercises and the beginning of CT training.
* Four months Mistaravim course, which covers everything from learning the Arabs’ traditions, language and their way of thought to civilian camouflage (hair dying, contact lenses, Arabs’ clothing).
* One-month courses – sniper, driving and different instructors courses.
Two of these units are:
* Shimshon (Unit 367), which operated in the Gaza Strip. It was disbanded in 1994 after the Oslo peace talks.
* Duvdevan (Unit 217), which operates in Judea and Samaria.
 External links
* Secret police unit to monitor Arab towns, by Tomer Zarchin, Haaretz, October 13, 2009