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Watchdog: Israel must dismantle settler outpost
Published Thursday 09/01/2014 (updated) 10/01/2014 17:30
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Settlers from the violent Esh Kodesh outpost pictured while being
held by villagers in Qusra.
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli settlements watchdog Peace Now has urged the government to dismantle an illegal outpost in the West Bank, after violent clashes in the area between settlers and Palestinians.

Israel must "enforce the law and remove Esh Kodesh, an illegal West Bank settlement established in violation of Israeli law", Peace Now said in a letter to the government, a copy of which was sent to AFP late on Wednesday.

Residents of the outpost in the northern West Bank near Nablus had "repeatedly attacked neighboring Palestinians", it said.

On Tuesday, Palestinians beat and detained around a dozen settlers from Esh Kodesh who had entered Qusra village south of Nablus, then released them after negotiating with Israeli soldiers.

Qusra is just a few kilometers north of Esh Kodesh and is the scene of frequent clashes between settlers and Palestinians.

"Esh Kodesh is an outpost that serves as launching ground for severe unlawful activity, and as such... it creates severe friction that causes harm to people and their property, and therefore heavily burdens the security authorities," Peace Now said.

After Tuesday's incident, police placed seven settlers under house arrest until Friday while they investigate why they were in the village in the first place, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Peace Now slammed the government for failing to carry out existing demolition orders on many so-called "wildcat" outposts -- settlements which have not been formally approved and are therefore illegal.

Under international law, all settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories is illegal.
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1 ) Uzi / Israel
09/01/2014 18:27
Dismantle arab trespassers & ship them to Syria.

2 ) Tobias / USA
09/01/2014 19:46
- "Palestinians beating and detaining a dozen settlers" is Not a New Reason to dismantle Esh Kodesh, and since the Old Reason was not enough so nothing should change, other than - Palestinians could be punished for beating and detaining Jews, just for entering their village

3 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
09/01/2014 21:48
According to Peace Now ALL "Settlements" are illegal, so why should anyone pay attention to their deluded partisan nonsense. Isnt it great that the NGO cares so much about the area around Qusra? Why then have they never said 1 word about violence instigated by Arabs? The NGO is fully aware that in February of 2013 the mukhtar and the same elders featuring so prominently in this incident committed Blood Libel wheb they staged a FAKE "Price Tagging?" This just proves the group is worthless.
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