roadblock check point 521.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
IDF Spokesman's Office announced on behalf of Defense Minister Ehud
Barak a general closure in Judea and Samaria to begin Thursday, the
night before Yom Kippur [the Day of Atonement].
to the statement, passage to and from the West Bank will be allowed
only for humanitarian and medical purposes, and all exceptions will
require approval from the Civil Administration.
'IDF protects settlers who attack Palestinians'
The security presence in Jerusalem was also beefed up on Friday in preparation for Yom Kippur.
On Thursday, Arab olive trees were chopped down and Jewish ones were burned in the West Bank
following clashes early in the morning between settlers and the
Although there is no concrete proof connecting the incidents, it is
widely assumed they were linked by a chain of events that occurred in the Nablus
area after the IDF beefed up its presence to secure the monthly visit of Jewish
worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb, which is located in the city.
noted the enlarged IDF presence became concerned the soldiers would move against
the fledgling Givat Gal Yosef outpost, located near the Shiloh settlement, south
They immediately sent out phone text messages asking activists
to gather to protect the outpost. Activists blocked a road with stones in an
effort to prevent soldiers from reaching Givat Gal Yosef.
A clash ensued
between activists and soldiers in which there was pushing and
The IDF said one of the activists punched a soldier in the face.
No one was detained.
Palestinian farmers from Kusra said almost 200 olive
and fig trees had been uprooted or destroyed. The police have since arrested one
settler in connection with the incident.
According to B’Tselem - The
Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories this is the seventh incident in Kusra related to settlers in the
past six weeks that have included trespassing and vandalism, and there had also
been an arson attack on a mosque in the village.
In one incident, where
the IDF responded to a clash between settlers and Palestinians, a resident of
Kusra, Issam Badran was killed.
According to the UN, 900 Palestinian
olive trees were destroyed in the West Bank between September 21 and
Settlers said Palestinians had set fire to 120 Jewish olive trees in
Park Bar-On on Thursday, near the Kedumim settlement.
An army source said
two fires had broken out in that area, the first from natural causes and the
second from arson. The source said it was not clear who started the second fire.
A police representative was not aware of the incident.
the media with a video showing the flames.
Benny Katzover, who heads the
Samaria Citizens Committee, said this kind of “Arab terror” should have lit a
warning light among the heads of the security forces.
Council head Gershon Mesika said that unfortunately, every year there are Arab
attacks against Jewish property.
He accused radical left-wing activists
of inciting the attacks, and called on the authorities to take them as seriously
as they do incidents of vandalism against Palestinians.