When a police officer stops a car and sees a car with a tracking device on it, the officer might have a suspicion that it belongs to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
The Israeli military has been known to use this tactic to find vehicles belonging to suspected militants.
But when the Israelis stopped a car belonging to a Palestinian driver on Sunday, the IDF, Israel’s Civil Administration and other law enforcement agencies decided that it was safe to use the device, even though it is illegal under international law to do so.
The incident took place near the settlement of Tulkarem, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) northwest of Ramallah.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the IDF to use such a device, but the IDF said that the vehicle’s driver, who was not identified, was “under the influence of a narcotic and was causing a disturbance.”
The Israeli Civil Administration, the government body responsible for civil policing, said that it decided to use a device “because it was a clear indication that the driver had been under the influence for some time and had lost control of the vehicle.”
The driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent, according to the Civil Administration.
The military has a policy that forbids the use of such devices, but they have been used for years, according the IDF.
In the past, Palestinians have been caught using the devices, which are mounted on an electronic device and have a camera that records every movement of the car, according a recent report by the Israeli daily Haaretz.
Israel has long been accused of using such devices to find militants who are suspected of participating in attacks.
Israel has said that these devices, mounted on police cars, are not meant to track terrorists, but rather to monitor them for security reasons.
But it is not clear whether the use has been legal.
The Israeli Civil Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
The Civil Administration did not respond to an email requesting comment on the incident.