Settlers Set Up New Outposts in Response to Murder of Teens

Outposts set up in controversial E-1 area of West Bank and Gush Etzion; settlers call for settlement construction as appropriate 'Zionist response.'

Settler in E-1
A Jewish settler looking at the West bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim, from the E-1 area on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem. AP

A group of 30 Israeli settler youth from Mevasseret Adumim and Ma'ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel set up tents in the controversial E-1 area of the West Bank overnight Tuesday, in response to the murder of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel, whose bodies were found Monday evening.

According to a report by Israel Radio, they demanded the government immediately begin building a settlement in the area - what they deem to be the appropriate Zionist response to the killing of the three Israeli teenagers.

E-1 is an area of 12 square kilometers, stretching from the north and the west of the town of Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank. Israeli construction plans in the area have been frozen several times due to American pressure.

Settlers also began setting up an outpost in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank.