Over the last few months the police used a drug-addict as their agent. A violent young man, an only son, pampered by his doting parents until it was too late.
A good football player, an intelligent boy, good-looking too. But something went horribly wrong. Violent towards friends as well as towards his sisters and then his parents. Drug-addicted. Then drug-dealing himself. Home turned into hell.
The police selected this unstable character as their agent. Last week the police informed the public they had arrested "28 drug-dealers" in Jaffa. At least some of them are addicts, not dealers. So several were released the same day, some the next. And indeed, some are still under arrest.
One of them, in spite of his addiction a gentle man and a great father, was arrested in carried away hand and leg-cuffed in face of his terrified young children. Their home turned upside down in a search which turned up nothing. An addict yes. Someone who needs aid yes. But not a dealer. The police caused much harm to the family's meagre possessions. Some of it unrepairable. But the worst was the harm caused to the children.
And the big dealers were not touched, they continue driving around in their big cars.And selling, wholesale. The smaller dealers as well. We all know them and they are still walking around. Who do the police think they're fooling?
The house of the agent was torched.
First of all a terrible punishment for his parents, those well meaning hard working people, and his sisters, nice girls.
The agent has been on a hit-list for a long time. He was shot at, about a year and a half go. Had been in hiding for quite some time.
Maybe that's what turned him into an agent, the hope of a ticket to "elsewhere", a new name, some money. But we are talking about a seriously disturbed young man. An addict with few personal resources beyond a little personal charm. And quite paranoid to begin with. Now he has a real reason for feeling hunted. Police agents have a short life span in Jaffa and Jaffans have long memories.