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Rightists step up protest, burn Palestinian flags
Dozens of right-wing activists burn Palestinian flags near Jericho to protest talks, attacks

Right-wing activists stepped up their protest Thursday against direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks launched in Washington by earlier in the day.

 

Dozens of protestors met at Almog junction near Jericho, and planned to march towards the city to demonstrate against the talks as well as against the two recent terror attacks in the West Bank.

 

At one point, the activists proceeded to burn Palestinian flags.

 

Two female protestors were arrested during the demonstration and transferred to Maaleh Adumim Police Station for questioning.

 

Protests against the recent attacks, which left four Israelis dead and two more wounded, were held elsewhere. Around 6 pm Thursday, rightists began assembling structures throughout the West Bank in defiance of the settlement construction freeze. One such structure was being set up near the site of one of the terror attacks..

 

Some 200 settlers arrived to express their anger, including Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior. The rabbi proceeded to pour cement into one of the structures, to serve as a floor.

 

At Adam, in northeast Jerusalem, the cornerstone for a new community center was laid as several settler leaders watched on, including Yesha Council Chairman Naftali Bennet.

 

Further to the north, at the settlement of Kedumim, a tractor began to lay the groundwork for a new pre-school. It was accompanied by 200 residents, young and old, who helped with the work.

 

Ronen Medzini contributed to this report

 

 


First published: 02.09.10, 21:05
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