anatot - AFP - October 2 2011
The clash in Anatot, northeast of Jerusalem, on Friday. Photo by AFP
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A Jerusalem high school teacher was among left-wing activists who violently clashed with residents of the West Bank settlement of Anatot two weeks ago, according to a recent complaint by the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council.

The protest two weeks ago erupted between the two groups after activists had accompanied a Palestinian who owns agricultural land within the confines of the settlement and who came to work his land.

At one point, the activists began hanging Palestinian flags and defaced a slogan that read "the Land of Israel for the Jewish people ["Am Yisrael"] by changing "Israel" to "Palestine."

Dozens of Anatot residents who saw what was happening came out and attacked the group of activists, consequently wounding some 20 leftists.

A resident of Anatot, who is the mother of one of the students at Jerusalem's High School for the Arts, apparently identified the teacher among the left-wing activists and filed a complaint with the school board.

The head of education at the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council joined the mother's complaint and urged the school board to rebuke the teacher.

In parallel, the students at the high school began slandering the teacher on the school's Facebook page. They claimed that she threw stones during the protest and called for her dismissal.

The Education Administration of the Municipality of Jerusalem rejected the complaints against the teacher.

"The teacher did not use violence and it is her full right as a citizen to take part in protests, even if such a decision does not bode well with some of her students," they said.