Settlers protesting in Jerusalem 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
Security forces were preparing for a "Day of Rage" planned by settlers to take place throughout the country on Thursday.
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About 15 protesters attempted to block Route 1 near Latrun with tires. Two policemen failed to clear the road, until more arrived and the route was opened 15 minutes later. Protesters also briefly blocked the train tracks from Ben-Gurion Airport to Modi'in on Thursday.
In addition, burning tires were placed at
the entrance to Jerusalem, blocking traffic early Thursday morning. Police moved the impromptu
roadblocks to the side of the road and traffic slowly resumed its
morning pace. It was not immediately clear who placed the burning
protests were expected as a response to the demolition of several
illegally constructed buildings
in the West Bank outpost of Gilad Farm
Army radio reported that in addition to blocking roads throughout the
country, "price tag operations" were expected to be carried out. "Price
tag" is the name given to acts of vandalism against Palestinians in
response to state actions against settlements.
Already on Tuesday, extremist activists engaged in a number of “price
tag” activities, smashing Palestinian car windows, throwing a Molotov
cocktail into a home and rolling burning tires into two West Bank
Palestinian villages. On Monday night, activists blocked roads in
Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Dudi Cohen on Tuesday held discussions with
senior police officials to evaluate the situation in the West Bank after
settlers claimed that police allegedly used rubber bullets during the
Gilad Farm demolition.
this time we must show responsibility, restraint and avoid an
escalation in violence at any cost. The Israeli police will be prepared
for any scenario," Cohen said.
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