IDF disperses protest
Photo: Benny Deutsch
Protesters carried Palestinian flags
Photo: Benny Deutsch
Route 443
Photo: Yossi Hershkowitz

Palestinians block road to Jerusalem

Dozens block route 443 to protest uprooting of olive trees for which they blame settlers

Palestinians from the village of Ur al-Tahta briefly blocked route 443 to Jerusalem on Tuesday to protest the uprooting of trees.


They are claiming that settlers are behind the acts of sabotage. The protesters carried Palestinian flags and anti-occupation banners.


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IDF forces called to the scene clashed with the protesters in an attempt to clear them from the road. They used shock grenades and ultimately succeeded in clearing the road.

עימות בכביש 443, הבוקר (צילום: בני דויטש)

Soldiers, protesters clash on Route 443 (Photo: Benny Deutsch)


(צילום: בני דויטש)

Photo: Benny Deutsch

"As long as the Palestinians are being assaulted by the settlers, especially during olive-harvest, and as long as Palestinians' lives are disrupted, the lives of Israelis will also be disrupted," a member of the popular committees told Ynet.

"לעצור את המתנחלים הטרוריסטים" (צילום: בני דויטש)

Photo: Benny Deutsch


Recently, as the olive-picking season reached its height, both Palestinians and settlers were constantly filing complaints in regards to felling olive trees and robbing crops.


Palestinian farmers who filed complaints on Monday, stating that olive trees in their possession were chopped down, were documented earlier as they were felling olive trees. The complainants claim that the trees they were cutting were growing in a different plot from the one in question.




פרסום ראשון: 10.16.12, 10:23
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