Dozens arrested during evacuation of West Bank outpost
Shortly after arrest of 32 settlers from Shvut Ami outpost, right-wing activists declare they will return to settlement; Legal Forum for Land of Israel sends request to police to suspend chief of Border Guard in West Bank for confiscating video of evacuation
Thirty-two right-wing activists who were arrested Sunday morning during the evacuation of the Shvut Ami illegal outpost in the West Bank vowed to return to the site once again.
Shortly after 3 pm Sunday afternoon, Border Guard officers arrived at the outpost located near the settlement of Kedumim in northern Samaria in order to evacuate all residents.
Shvut Ami is one of five illegal outposts erected by right-wing activists during the most recent Sukkot holiday. Around 200 people arrived to the outpost on the day of its establishment and, although many have since left, a couple dozens remained. The outpost has been evacuated by security forces on a number of occasions but settler activists have consistently returned to the site.
When police arrived this time, there were approximately 50 people at the outpost.
Security forces claim that right-wing activists at Shvut Ami caused damage to two police cars during the course of the most recent evacuation. Security forces arrested 32 rightist activists for disorderly conduct in a closed military area.
Members of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, a consulting group for settlers and right-wing activists, claim that police arrested a photographer who documented the evacuation and confiscated his videotape.
The Forum sent a letter to Chief of Police, Major-General Dudi Cohen, requesting that he suspend the Chief of Border Guard Police in the West Bank, Shlomi Even-Paz, for allegedly confiscating the video.
The Forum also plans to file a complaint with the Police's Internal Investigations Unit.
Lately, Palestinians living in northern Samaria have been complaining that settlers living at Shvut Ami have been stoning their vehicles and subjecting them to abuse.