Youths Break into IDF Base, Protest Treatment of Yesha Residents (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 04/27/12)
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Ten teenagers broke into a base of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria
Division next to Beit El on Friday afternoon. The teens were carrying
signs protesting the evacuation of outposts in Judea and Samaria.
Nine of them were detained for questioning.
A military source told Arutz Sheva that “the incident was serious and
the IDF does not intend to ignore it.”
The legal aid organization Honenu reported that the teenagers,
residents of the outpost of Ramat Migron, arrived at the base to
protest and demonstrate the military´s policy in recent months, which
declares Ramat Migron a closed military zone.
Honenu told Arutz Sheva that, according to the teens, “From time to
time the army again declares the area a closed military zone, when
the order´s validity has expired, to prevent them from reaching the
area.” The teens also said that the “the enforcement of the order by
the army and the police is selective and the order is enforced only
Honenu said that many arrests of youths were recently made in the
area, on charges of violating a closed military zone.
In December, dozens of youths entered the IDF’s Ephraim Brigade base
in Samaria, following rumors of an imminent destruction of a Jewish
community. Several were arrested.
Clashes broke out between soldiers and the protesters, who burned
tires and damaged some military vehicles. Police reinforcements
helped chase the youth from the base while carrying out several
While it was originally believed that youths from Judea and Samaria
were behind the incident, a police investigation later found that
this was not true.
The attack was universally condemned by Jewish communal leaders in
Judea and Samaria who described the incident as "shameful and
disgraceful." Rabbis from across the orthodox spectrum in Israel also
condemned the incident.
The police, meanwhile, have continually harassed residents of Judea
and Samaria. Five residents of Yitzhar were accused by police of
espionage, because they warned Jews residing in communities in Judea
and Samaria of impending demolitions of homes. The government later
withdrew the charges.
Police recently arrested a resident of Yitzhar for the “crime” of
being a resident of Yitzhar. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/27/12)
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