IDF expels 12 activists from West Bank

Group is believed to be made up of radical right-wing activists operating violently against Palestinians, security forces.

Shiloh settlement in West Bank 311 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Shiloh settlement in West Bank 311
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
OC Central Command Maj.- Gen. Avi Mizrachi issued 12 new expulsion orders from the West Bank against settlers late Wednesday as part of IDF efforts to combat growing Jewish violence in the territories.
The orders are for periods ranging from three to nine months and were distributed throughout the night by IDF officers accompanied by Israel Police.
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The orders were handed out to residents of Havat Gilad, Elon Moreh, Ramat Migron and Maoz Esther. The IDF said the orders were issued after the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) obtained information indicating that the settlers were part of a group that had been directing attacks against Palestinians and Israeli security personnel in the West Bank.
The IDF stated the orders were issued solely based on security reasons, after all other alternatives were considered.
This is the second round of expulsion orders Mizrachi has issued in the past half-year. In August, he issued 12 orders against a group of settlers from Yitzhar and nearby outposts.
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari slammed the move.
“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government is the government that has done the most to harm settlers’ rights,” he said.