Protesters in Tel Aviv
Photo: Yaron Brener
Mourners at Fogel funereal
Photo: Reuters

West Bank: Palestinian vehicles stoned, set on fire

'Price tag' acts renewed in West Bank, Palestinians report following Fogel family funeral. Meanwhile, small groups hold demonstrations across Israel in sympathy with settlers. 'Settlers are part of Israel' they say

Palestinian sources in the northern West Bank claim that extreme right-wing activists set five vehicles on fire and stoned other Palestinian cars in the Nablus area as revenge for the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar on Saturday. Also Sunday, small groups demonstrated in support of the settlement enterprise across the country.


The Palestinians reported that extreme right-wing activists resumed "price tag" activity following the funeral of Udi and Ruth Fogel and their three children – Yoav (11), Elad (3) and Hadas (three months).


They claim that settlers blocked the Jit Junction southwest of Nablus. It was also reported that five vehicles were set on fire in the village of Hawara and that stones were hurled at Palestinian cars in the Kedumin area. Also in the Hawara area, stones were hurled at buses returning from the Fogel funeral. No injuries or damage were reported.


TA protest: Peace isn’t signed with blood (Photo: Yaron Brener) 


Meanwhile, several dozen activists are protesting in various junctions across Israel. They are holding signs reading "We are settlers too" and "Peace isn’t signed with blood." Some 30 people demonstrated in the Horev Junction in the Carmel and 50 people protested in the Tzabar Junction in the Haifa region. A protest watch was set up at the Megido Junction. Police said that order is being maintained.


The largest demonstration was held at Tel Aviv's Azrieli Junction. Several dozens showed up to support the settlers following a Facebook campaign by the My Israel movement. "We all understand that settlers are part of the Israeli people," one of the organizers said. "Our background is beside the point. We are protesting against the terrible terror attack."


The demonstrators asked drivers to honk in sign of solidarity which prompted loud sounds.


Nir Isaschar from Kiryat Ono said: "We are here for the sake of national unity and to show that seculars, Tel Aviv and central Israel residents too know that settlers are part of Israel. We are not indifferent." Sarit from Herzliya said: "No matter where they're from, these are Israelis the same as you and me."


Protesters demand revenge

Also Sunday, several dozen right-wing activists protested at the entrance to Jerusalem. They shouted "revenge" and "death to Arabs" and carried signs reading "The government destroys communities – the Arabs murder Jews."


"We are here to cry out it is unacceptable an entire family is murdered without response," Netanel Lisha told Ynet. Moshe Maron from Jerusalem said: "In light of the government's idleness we call on settlers to take their lives in their own hands."


Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, president of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar issued a statement calling for anti-terrorists attacks. He called for the destruction of houses in a village near Itamar every 30 minutes until residents turn the terrorists who committed the attack in. "Kill the murderers immediately after they are turned in," the statement noted. "


Elior Levy, Aviel Magnezi, Ahiya Raved and Raanan Ben-Zur contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 03.13.11, 19:41
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