Settlers torch Palestinian fields to disrupt Yitzhar removal
Violent clashes erupted Thursday between settlers
and security forces as evacuation began of the
illegal outpost of Mitzpeh Yitzhar, adjacent to
the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, south of
Palestinian-owned wheat fields
and olive groves in the area in
an attempt to disrupt the
operation, which was the first
to remove an inhabited outpost.
Ten uninhabited outposts were
removed last week.
The hundreds of paratroopers and
police who managed to make their way to the
hilltop were armed only with the knives they
carried to remove the settlers' tents.
Hundreds of settlers turned back soldiers
attempting to take down the main tent located
in the center of the outpost, and hundreds more
settlers were reported to be making their way
to the site to join the resistence. Security
forces resumed their efforts at around 3 P.M.
to remove the outpost after halting it for a
few hours in the afternoon.
Four police officers and three settlers suffered
extremely light injuries. Yesha Council leaders
and National Union Knesset members Uri Ariel
and Arye Eldad were also at the outpost.
The army placed a closure on all settlements
near the Mitzpeh Yitzhar outpost and erected
roadblocks on area roads to prevent more
settlers from joining the fray.
But settlers pushed aside many roadblocks in
order to reach the outpost, and ignited fields.
Military vehicles encountered difficulties
arriving at Mitzpeh Yitzhar, due to youths who
placed obstacles as well as themselves on roads
and paths leading to the outpost.
Settlers said that some of them had been
Dozens of additional settlers from nearby
settlements arrived at the outpost during the
initial stages of the evacuation in order to
join the efforts to deter the security forces.
Yosi Peli, a settler from Yitzhar, said that
despite the large contingent of troops, the
protesters remained committed to retaining the
"This is our land, our home," he said. "Tomorrow
we will be here again on this hill or on other
Peli showed The Associated Press a list of rules
of engagement provided by the settlers council.
Demonstrators were advised to avoid violence
and to use passive resistance.
But, Peli said, "When someone is trying to take
you from your home it's difficult to know what
Ongetwijfeld een fantastische spectakel voor op Israelische en internationale televisie. Met mensen die in de regering zitten aanwezig om de kolonisten te steunen. Met de kolonisten die opnieuw bevestigingen dat zij alle begrip hebben voor extreme maatregelen als je huis wordt afgepakt (de afgelopen dagen zijn ook weer 15 Palestijnse huizen vernietigd). Kolonisten ongestoord Palestijnse grond in de brand kunnen steken en roadblocks kunnen opruimen (moeten Palestijnen eens proberen).