Israelis and Palestinians scuffle at Gilad Farm

October 26, 2006 02:18
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A fight broke out at the Samarian outpost of Gilad Farm, near Nablus, on Wednesday morning, as Israelis and Palestinians threw rocks and insults in a confrontation that left five injured. The fracas broke out between Gilad Farm residents and local Palestinian olive harvesters, who had approached the small outpost without coordinating their arrival with Israeli security forces. Both Palestinians and Israelis hurled rocks at each other, and as a result of the violence, three Palestinians and two Israelis were injured. Police rushed to the scene to try and diffuse the tense situation. Following initial questioning on the scene, police detained one Israeli and three Palestinians for further questioning at the Samaria Subdistrict headquarters. Almost every year, police and human rights activists have documented conflicts between local Palestinians and outpost residents during the olive harvest. Earlier this month, a Palestinian-owned olive grove near the outpost was burned. Gilad Farm residents claimed the fire started when IDF lighting equipment ignited. Gilad Farm has been a local flashpoint since its 2002 establishment by Moshe Zar in memory of his son, Gilad, who was murdered in a terror attack a year earlier. Zar has claimed that the outpost, located less than two kilometers from Kedumim, was legally purchased from local Palestinians. But the six-family outpost - built on the site of an olive grove - was the scene of multiple evacuations, one of which set the standard for violent evacuations in Samaria in an October 2002 incident that proved to be a premonition of the scenes at Amona less than three years later.

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