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Israel arrests settlers after attacks on security forces
Published Friday 11/04/2014 (updated) 11/04/2014 19:52
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One of the seven Israeli West Bank settlers from Yitzhar is brought in
handcuffs to the Jerusalem Magistrates court on April 10, 2014 after they
were arrested on suspicion of demolishing a military base in an extremist
settlement in the West Bank (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli police said Thursday they arrested five people suspected of demolishing a military base in an extremist settlement in the West Bank, the latest attack against security forces by hardliners.

The males, aged 16-29, were arrested for involvement in Tuesday's vandalism in the northern West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Another three suspects were in custody, two for the same attack and a third for throwing stones at soldiers patrolling the settlement, Rosenfeld said.

On Sunday, the tires of a vehicle belonging to a military commander visiting Yitzhar were slashed.

The following night, stone-throwing settlers injured six border guards as soldiers helped demolish a wildcat settlement outpost nearby.

That prompted Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to warn that any further violence against security personnel would be dealt with severely.

And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged a "strong response to these... acts of hooliganism."

Former chiefs of Israel's Shin Bet internal security service said the attacks should be dealt with severely.

"The things that are happening in Yitzhar truly are Jewish terrorism," Avraham Shalom, director from 1980 to 1986, told Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper.

Avi Dichter, Shin Bet head from 2000 to 2005, said "they didn't kill the soldiers and they didn't take them hostage, but they did precisely what terrorists do: they took the law into their own hands ... and hurt people in order to coerce the state into acquiescing to their demands."

Meanwhile, the army said Thursday it would not allow a march to the site of an evacuated settlement that had been planned for next week.

"Following an assessment of (army's) ability to allocate the required forces necessary to provide security, the decision was made not to approve the march to Homesh," a statement said.

But settlers accused the army of punishing Yitzhar residents for the actions of a few wayward individuals.

"The army told us it was cancelling Homesh following the Yitzhar incidents," a spokeswoman for the Samaria regional council, which covers northern West Bank settlements including Yitzhar, told AFP.

"It is inconceivable that the Samaria council and the entire settler populace has to pay a price over the deeds of a few outlaws, who should be arrested by police."

The northern West Bank settlement of Homesh was built on land confiscated from Palestinians in 1978, and cleared of settlers in 2005. The military said in September the land was due to be returned to its Palestinian owners in the village of Burka.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
11/04/2014 12:11
acts of hooliganism.... if it where Palestinians they would call it "acts of terrorism". Will "Israel"put them in jail? I don't think so, maybe for a few days of house arrest.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/04/2014 21:19
'...The following night, stone-throwing settlers injured six border guards...' ? Isn't it necessary to shoot stone throwers? They pose a deadly threat, and gunfire is the appropriate response. That's what I've read here on innumerable occasions. Not to mention, they actually INJURED Israeli soldiers. Surely the perpetrators should have been shot dead on the spot.

3 ) Sander / The Netherlands
12/04/2014 15:55
@ 1 Sarah you're right. Arrest of extremist settlers is purely for form. This is just to show that they do take action against criminal settlers to the outside world.

4 ) Mel / USA
12/04/2014 19:45
Hot-bed of Israel's religious nationalism!These Od Yodsef Chai yeshiva whackjobs follow a GENOCIDAL philosophy of Torat Ha-Melech which justifies the murder of non-Jews,all blessed by Rabbi Ginsberg who endorses his 'students' in attacking Palestinian women &calls Baruch Goldstein,a "great man" for massacring 29 Palestinian worshippers in Hebron.They want control of "the entire state"(Dudkevitch)&NEVER get indicted for war-hate-crimes.Israel's Al Qaida-like whacko's!

5 ) Judith / USA
12/04/2014 20:05
It would be very interesting if Ma'an News would do a feature story to include a point for point, date by date and such for what happens to each of these six people through the court system with a comparison of six Palestinians accused of very similar (very few differences) crimes, through the same court system, and both their outcomes. This military post must have been deserted. How else could they have gotten so close?

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/04/2014 20:20
To Sander #3: '@ 1 Sarah you're right. Arrest of extremist settlers is purely for form...' That's partly true. At the same time, Israel's support for criminality, worship of violence, and contempt for legality is coming back to bite them in the xxx.
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