Torched car in West Bank 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Palestinians in the Hebron area woke up Tuesday morning to find the windshields of dozens of their cars smashed, as a result of an alleged attack by right-wing activists. This comes a day after settlers blocked roads overnight Monday in Jerusalem, allegedly setting fire to tires and throwing a petrol bomb at the Palestinian village of Hawara. Police said they responded only after
stones were thrown at them and they understood that a number of settlers
had knives and instruments which could be used for stabbing.
Right-wing activists said that the act of smashing windows was a "price tag" revenge attack for violence used by police at the evacuation of Gilad Farm.
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On Monday setters
claimed that Border Police forces shot rubber bullets and tear gas at
them during the demolition of three structures at the unauthorized
outpost of Gilad Farm in Samaria.
According to police,
eight settlers were arrested during the clashes that broke out when
they entered the outpost in a pre-dawn raid. Settlers claimed that 12 people were bruised by rubber bullets.
Police, however, clarified that they fired paintball guns in accordance with the rules of engagement.
A video of the incident shows a paintball gun being fired by a masked border policeman.
Settlers have called for an immediate investigation into the
incident. Police said they operated according to the rules of engagement, but they did not respond to the specific charges.
Michael Ben Ari (National Union), who was at Gilad Farm, claimed that
Border Police pushed him to the ground. He added that he retrieved a
rubber bullet from the scene.
Located in the Samaria Regional Council area, Gilad Farm is one of 26
outposts built after March 2001 that Israel had promised the United
States it would remove.
Earlier this month, six residents of the outpost were detained after
they failed to arrive for questioning over attacks on Palestinians.
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.