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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:03 PM
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Israeli Troops Evict Settlers in the West Bank
HEBRON, West Bank Israeli troops forcibly evicted about 200 hard-line Jewish settlers from a contested building in this volatile biblical city on Thursday, the first serious clash in what seems to be a spiraling confrontation between the government and defiant settlers.

The operation, carried out by 600 soldiers and policemen with stealth and efficiency, took half an hour and resulted in two dozen relatively light injuries. But events did not end there. Young settlers then rampaged through Palestinian fields and neighborhoods, setting olive trees on fire and trashing houses.

Maj. Avital Leibovich, an Israeli Army spokeswoman, said the southern part of the West Bank, known in Israel as Judea, was designated a closed military area. That means only those who live here may now enter, an effort to prevent outside settlers from causing further trouble. Within an hour of the order, cars were backed up in huge lines at new military roadblocks.

The contested building, which occupants had dubbed the House of Peace, is on the road to the Cave of the Patriarchs, where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives are said to be buried, a site Muslims and Jews have coveted and fought over for centuries.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/world/middleeast/05mi...
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:03 PM
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1. Wow. They actually did it. I didn't think they'd have the balls.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:59 PM
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2. Those Nazi comparisons always come in handy, eh?
As Palestinians watched from rooftops and windows, some settlers shouted at the troops, calling them Nazis. A few had sewn yellow stars on their shirts, as Jews were obliged to do under Hitler. On a wall near the confrontation, Hebrew graffiti declared, There will be a war over the House of Peace.

What a lovely bunch....not!

Good on the Israeli govt for removing the settlers and taking measures to ensure they can't return. Does anyone know (I'm probably aiming this question at either pelsar or eyl) know what steps the Israeli govt can take to ban extremist settlers from the West Bank? I'm guessing quite a few of them can show they reside in the West Bank, so the closed military order wouldn't apply to them...
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eyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:13 AM
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3. A court can
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 06:16 AM by eyl
issue an order barring specific settlers from specific areas, up to and including the Territories as a whole. The flip side is that the court may refuse to grant such an order; the government can't mandate it (IIRC there was a recent case where a court refused to issue such an order against Federman).

OTher than that, they can theoretically use administrative detention, though that's sticky against Israeli citizens (again, the courts usually order them released after a while)

Though I have to say I liked that "war/house of peace" line from a literary POV *sardonic grin*
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