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(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
Settlers plan to conduct two marches in support of continued Jewish settlement
in the West Bank on Tuesday, in advance of the Palestinian unilateral statehood
bid at the United Nations later this week.
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At 5 p.m. settlers and
right-wing activists plan to march from the area of the Beit El settlement to
Route 60 in the Binyamin Region.
Separately, at the same time, in the
Samaria Region, settlers will march in the direction of Nablus from the home of
the Fogel home in the Itamar settlement, where five family members were murdered
by Palestinian terrorists earlier this year.
The council and citizens’
committee in both regions are also handing out Israeli flags to motorists and
hanging flags off the side of the roads.
“We want to create an
Independence Day atmosphere to strengthen the residents and to pass a clear
message to the world that ‘Israel is here.’”
“There is nothing more beautiful or
strengthening than to hang the nation’s flag along major access routes that both
residents of Judea and Samaria and Arabs drive along,” said Binyamin Regional
Council head Avi Ro’eh.
“In addition, we want to show that the Israeli
nation is the master of this house, and it has flags and symbols that it can
wave when it sees fit,” said Ro’eh.
Samaria Regional Council head Gershon
Mesika said that at a time when the Palestinians are rejecting any kind of
Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, it was crucial to express Israeli
over the area.
Still, he said, he was not overly concerned
about the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.
“Most of the
decisions the UN has taken in the last decades were against the State of
Israel,” he said. Most of the world understands that the Palestinians have an
automatic majority at the United Nations, he said.
Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip published
photographs of major Israeli cities taken from a lookout point in the Beit Aryeh
settlement, to highlight the security risk of returning to the pre-1967 lines on
its internet site, My Israel.
Although the IDF, the Border Police and
settler security officials have been preparing for Palestinian demonstrations
which could turn violent in Area C this week, at present there is no information
regarding any planned major activities.
“The IDF is estimating
little will happen outside of the Palestinian cities,” said Shlomo Vaknin, who
is in charge of security for the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria
and the Gaza Strip.
Still, he said, preparations are in place for the
worst case scenario.
Left-wing activists and Palestinians, in turn, are preparing for violence by extremist settlers and or right-wing activists,
particularly in light of a number of “price tag” attacks against Palestinians
mosques and vehicles earlier this month.
On Monday the grass roots
Palestinian group, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, plans to create
a volunteer patrol to respond to settler attacks.
Volunteer teams of
Palestinians, Israelis and international volunteers will respond to reports of
attacks, document them and intervene if possible.