Six arrested as outposts evacuated

Security forces, right-wing activists clash at site near Elon Moreh; IDF officer lightly wounded.

October 1, 2007 08:21
1 minute read.
Six arrested as outposts evacuated

activist outpost 224.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The IDF completed the evacuation Monday of four illegal outposts that were erected by right-wing activists throughout the West Bank the day before. Six activists were arrested as troops and policemen evacuated outposts near the settlements of Elon Moreh and Hashmonaim. A female IDF officer and a border policeman were lightly wounded after forces came under a volley of rocks during the evacuation of the illegal outpost of Harhivi near Elon Moreh. The officer was treated at the scene and then evacuated to the hospital for further medical care. The activists, police said, also damaged army vehicles with stones and punctured one of the tires. On Tuesday, the IDF will again face off against the activists, who intend to try and march to the site of the former Homesh settlement, evacuated under the disengagement in August 2005. The IDF said it would not allow the activists to establish the outposts or rebuild the former settlement. "We follow the law as well as the orders of the political echelon," a defense official said. "We will not let the right-wing activists take the law into their own hands." The activists promised to return to the hilltops and resettle the outposts. "Even if we are evacuated, we will return and rebuild no less than 10 new outposts [by] next month," the activists said. Security forces removed holy books from a shack that some 80 settlers had intended to turn into a synagogue before the forces took over the structure and other huts erected on a hill near Elon Moreh. Activists had set up five outposts Sunday throughout the West Bank, but the IDF postponed the evacuations until Monday morning since forces were too busy conducting counter-terror operations to immediately dismantle them. One outpost remained to be cleared.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town