´Day of rage´: Rightists block Jerusalem-TA highway (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Latest Update: 03.03.11, 15:32)
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In response to ´police violence´ during razing of structures at Havat
Gilad outpost, right-wing activists block traffic on Route 1, set
tires on fire at entrance to capital. ´Every activist is operating
independently,´ one of them says; other rightists try to block train
near Modi´in; Palestinian car torched near Ramallah
Some 15 right-wing activists blocked the highway connecting Jerusalem
and Tel Aviv Thursday morning as part of a declared nation-wide "day
of rage," organized to protest the demolition of illegal structures
at the illegal Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank.
At around 7:30 demonstrators managed to temporarily block traffic on
Route 1 with tires until they were dispersed by police.
"We have come to protest against the police officers´ rampage at
Havat Gilad," one rightist told Ynet, "No one knows what is going to
transpire in the next few hours. Every activist is operating
independently." Settler claim 13 people were hit by rubber bullets
during clashes with police in the outpost.
In a separate incident, tires were set on fire in the entrance to
Jerusalem at around 7 am, in what security officials estimate was
another protest linked to the "day of rage." The tires were cleared
by police officers. The perpetrators were not caught.
Also Thursday morning, a number of rightists stood on the train
tracks leading from Modi´in to Ben-Gurion Airport. They stepped off
the tracks just before the train arrived.
Meanwhile, Palestinians from a village of Beit Ilu near Ramallah said
settlers torched a car overnight.
In a conversation with Ynet, a village resident stated that "at 2:30
am we heard an unusual noise outside. We went out and saw six or
seven settlers standing near the car of one of our neighbors and
setting it on fire."
Later Thursday, some 50 right-wing activists gathered near a road
leading from Qalqilya to Nablus in the West Bank to protest. Some of
the protesters slashed the tires of a police cruiser standing at the
scene. One was arrested.
Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari (National Union) said the
responsibility for the rightist demonstrations lies with Internal
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch. "Whoever backs officers who
open fire at settlers should take into account that he is causing
rage and despair," said the MK.
On Monday police and Civil Administration inspectors arrived at Havat
Gilad to raze illegal structures. Rightists clashed with police, who
responded with rubber bullets. Following the incident, hundreds of
rightists clashed with and blocked roads in Jerusalem and the West
Bank. In addition, as part of the settlers´ "price-tag" policy, a
Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian home in Hawara and
Palestinian cars were damaged in Hebron. Elior Levy contributed to
the report (Copyright 2011 © Yedioth Internet 03/03/11)
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