Border Police Clash With Israeli Settlers While Clearing Out Illegal Tents

Some were arrested for entering a closed military zone and attacking security personnel

The outpost Maale Shlomo, defined as a neighborhood in the settlement Kochav Hashahar, east of Ofra, January 5, 2020.

Border Police forces together with the West Bank Civil Administration cleared on Wednesday two tents illegally put up in an outpost, detaining three Israeli settlers who tried to block them.

The Border Police said that dozens of people tried to prevent the tents at Maale Shlomo, defined as a neighborhood in the settlement Kochav Hashahar, east of Ofra, from being taken down. Some were detained for entering a closed military zone and attacking security personnel. 

Last month the Border Police and Civil Administration tore down two illegal buildings in the outpost Kumi Ori, next to the settlement of Yizhar. The outpost was declared a closed military zone some months ago and the buildings’ demolition had been approved at the political level.

One person was arrested for assaulting an officer and entering the closed military zone, and some others were detained at the site and released. The Border Police stated that one of its officers had been mildly injured in the head by rocks thrown as he left the outpost.

In October, the Israeli army issued a closed-off military area order after several instances of violence against Israeli soldiers, which culminated when some 30 Jewish settlers threw stones at soldiers and punctured their vehicle's tires, lightly wounding one.