Police Officer Punches Right-wing Activist During Evacuation of Illegal West Bank Outpost

Border Police say activist had assaulted officers and barricaded himself in one of the structures erected in the outpost after being repeatedly evacuated

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Evacuation of outpost, Aug. 27, 2020.
Evacuation of outpost, Aug. 27, 2020. Credit: Israel Police Spokespersons Unit
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Israel's Border Police officers evacuated on Thursday an illegal outpost in the West Bank, with one of the officers punching a right-wing activist who barricaded himself in one of the structures erected in the outpost.

The Border Police said that the activist kept returning to the outpost after being repeatedly evacuated, adding that "The suspect was arrested after assaulting Border Police officers. One officer was wounded in the wake of the violence that developed at the scene." 

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The incident comes less than 24 hours after the Ma'ale Shai outpost was established in honor of 39-year-old Shai Ohayon, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian from the West Bank in a suspected terror attack in central Israel.  

Border Police forces evacuated seven illegal structures erected in the outpost. 

Right-wing activists barricaded on the roofs of buildingsCredit: Israel Police Spokespersons Unit

The outpost was established near the Palestinian village of Singel in Area B, which is defined as land under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control, according to the Oslo Accords.

Usually, outposts are not established in Area B since it is unlikely they will ever be legalized.

Commenting on the decision to establish the outpost in Area B, activists said in a joint statement that "Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria today occupies only a small percentage of the heart of the country, there is still a lot of work to do.

"Today it is clear to everyone that the Oslo Accords are dead. Since the Palestinian Authority is building everywhere and declaring that it is not obligated to any agreement, Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu must allow Jews to settle anywhere in the Land of Israel."

The Israel Police said in a statement that "An initial inspection revealed that the individual causing the disturbance seen in the video barricaded himself on the roof of one of the buildings after being evacuated once more shortly before he was filmed.

"During the attempt to safely remove him from the roof, he clasped his hands tightly to prevent the evacuation, the statement read, adding that the Border Police officer "had to use force to free him and allow him to be taken down from the roof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, as is customary the incident will be examined and investigated as required."

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