Havat Gilad
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12 settlers temporarily banned from West Bank

IDF hands out administrative restraining orders to far-Right activists from West Bank involved in violence against Palestinians

IDF forces handed out administrative restraining orders to 12 right-wing activists overnight which temporarily ban them from entering the West Bank. The orders, which will be in effect for three to nine months, were given to residents of Havat Gilad, Elon Moreh, Ramat Migron and Maoz Esther.


The orders were signed by the Central Command chief at the Shin Bet's recommendation. Police said that the activists will be given time to get organized before the orders come into effect.


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The IDF said that the orders were issued based on Shin Bet information according to which the far-Right activists were involved in secret and violent actions against Palestinians in the West Bank and security forces. This activity, the IDF said, placed lives in danger and disrupted order and security in the region.


The army stressed that the orders were issued out of security considerations and only after all other alternatives were exhausted. The step is part of measures imposed against right-wing activists following a raid on the Ephraim Brigade base and an attack on IDF soldiers. "We need to unite against this radical phenomenon and wipe off the stain," Netanyahu said after the attack.


Meanwhile, settlers in Havat Gilad claimed this was further humiliation and abuse of Judea and Samaria residents perpetrated by the defense minister with the prime minister's backing.


The National Union faction said in response: "The use of administrative restraining orders against Judea and Samaria residents exposes the police and State Prosecutor's Office in all their corrupt glory. Failing to find proof for 'price tag' suspects they abuse the settlers. These are anti-democratic and illegal orders reminiscent of dark regimes who eliminate their dissidents."


Some five months ago, 12 settlers from Yitzhar and surrounding outposts were issued with administrative restraining orders for three to 12 months. They were suspected of involvement in violence against Palestinians as well as the torching of mosques and buildings.




פרסום ראשון: 01.05.12, 08:33
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