No results.

West Bank outpost evacuated, protestors arrested

i24NEWS

3 min read
An olive grove next to the northern West Bank settlement Shiloh, seen out of a driving car, December 14, 2016.
Sebi Berens/Flash90An olive grove next to the northern West Bank settlement Shiloh, seen out of a driving car, December 14, 2016.

The outpost was populated by two families and several young Israeli settlers

An illegal outpost in the northern West Bank settlement of Shiloh was evacuated on Wednesday by Israeli police and Civil Administration forces. 

The evacuation sparked protests and clashes between Israeli authorities and demonstrators, as 50 people - mostly settlers - attempted to impede the clearing of the Geulat Zion outpost, The Jerusalem Post (The Post) reported.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers. 

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1460854106147459074 ...

This post can't be displayed because social networks cookies have been deactivated. You can activate them by clicking .

A video posted to social media shows an officer struggling with a young woman.

Protesters reportedly threw stones at the authorities, damaging three vehicles, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

Under Israeli law, an outpost is an unauthorized, illegal Israeli settlement within the West Bank. 

Geulat Zion, under the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, was populated by two families and several young Israeli settlers.

Authorities also demolished two other structures in the evacuation process, according to The Post.

“At a time when areas in the south are being conquered by massive unauthorized construction, the government chose to enforce the destruction of Jewish homes that come to settle the land,” Itamar Ben Gvir, leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit faction said. 

Ben Gvir was possibly referring to widespread construction by Bedouin communities - nomadic Arab tribes - in southern Israel. 

Video poster

The evacuation of the outpost comes amid ongoing violence between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank.

According to the Israeli army, there were 67 reports of such incidents during this year’s olive harvest (late-August through November) compared to 42 last year, ToI reported.