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Witnesses: Settlers vandalize Hebron community center
Published Monday 11/02/2013 (updated) 12/02/2013 16:39
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HEBRON (Ma’an) -- A group of Israeli settlers on Sunday evening vandalized a Palestinian community center in Hebron, witnesses said.

The assailants uprooted trees and flowers from the backyard of the Challenge and Steadfastness Center, which is run by a local group known as Youth Against Settlements.

On Saturday, another group led by Baruch Marzel, the leader of the far-right Jewish National Front party, came to the center.

The activists tried to protect the center from the settlers, and the Youth Against Settlements coordinator Jawad Abu Eisha was detained by Israeli forces.

The uptick in confrontations around the center comes as the Hebron group prepares to launch its fourth campaign to demand that Israeli authorities reopen Shuhada Street in the center of the Old City of Hebron.

A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
11/02/2013 20:12
Such acts are WRONG, and those who perpetrate them should be exiled from the West Bank permanently.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/02/2013 00:20
To Oulier #1 'Such acts are WRONG, and those who perpetrate them should be exiled from the West Bank permanently.' So you DO think Israel should leave the West Bank?

3 ) Outlier / USA
12/02/2013 00:27
I spoke earlier without considering a few elements, and I apologize to those I offended. Clearly lots of "settlers" either will need to move from the West Bank or become Palestinian citizens in any peace settlement. However, these vandals need to be identified, immediately removed from the West Bank and banned from ever returning.
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