Fears of Outpost Demolition Trigger Spurt of West Bank Violence

Three Palestinian vehicles set alight, stones hurled at Tapuach Junction as IDF convoy makes its way through the West Bank overnight.

Multiple events including violence against Palestinians in the West Bank were recorded throughout Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, over fears of an imminent dismantling of a West Bank outpost.

Two trucks and a car were torched in the Palestinian village of Duma near Nablus, with the inscription "camaraderie Mitzpe Yitzhar" spray painted nearby.

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In another incident, rocks were reported to have hurled at Palestinian vehicles passing through the Tapuach and Rechalim Junction; a young Jewish female was arrested in relation to the attacks.

It seems that the cause for these incidents was unusual movement by an Israel Defense Forces convoy, triggering fears of an upcoming dismantling of the Mitzpe Yitzhar outpost, due to be demolished by the end of the year.

At 11:00 P.M. Tuesday night, the convoy, which included command vehicles, two military bulldozers, and two busloads of border policemen, departed from the Hizma checkpoint.

The IDF force later made a stop in Ofra, later moving toward Tapuach Junction, and departed the West Bank via the Ornit Junction.

Also overnight, arsonists set fire to a deserted mosque in central Jerusalem during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. There was no structural damage reported and the damage mainly consisted of the blackening of walls and graffiti reading Price Tag, and anti-Islamic phrases.

The Nebi Akasha mosque, apparently built under the Ayyubid dynasty in the 12th century with additions made under the Mamluk dynasty in the 13th century. It is believed that the mosque was founded on the burial site of combatants in Saladins army, though an ancient tradition designates the site as the place where Akasha, a friend of the Prophet Muhammad, was buried.