A sign saying: “This road leads to the community of Yitzhar – Entry for Arabs is dangerous,” was put up on the access road to the settlement of Yitzhar in the northern West Bank on Monday morning.
Activists from Yitzhar who put up the sign said it was erected as a result of the clarification made by the commander of the Shomron regional brigade, Col. Roi Zweig, to the residents of Yitzhar that they cannot bar entry of Arabs into the community.
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The Judea and Samaria District of the police said the sign had been removed.
The sign was designed to look like the signs that Israel has put up at the entrances to Area A, the part of the West Bank under full Palestinian civil and security control – which warn Israelis that entering the Palestinian areas is dangerous and a crime. But the IDF rarely enforces the ban on Israelis entering Area A and Palestinian communities, in part because the army has not set up any roadblocks at the entrances.
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Two weeks ago, an Arab medical worker who was sent to conduct a COVID-19 test was refused entry to Yitzhar, Channel 12 News reported. The guard at the entrance refused to allow him to enter because he was an Arab, the report said. A few days later it was reported that Zweig made it clear to the residents of Yitzhar that they must allow the entry of Arabs. But the IDF has not enforced this order.
Yitzhar said in response: “We propose that leftist groups speak with those same groups in Israel that make an exception in law of 20 percent of the territory of Judea and Samaria for the entry of Jews, the only place in the world where the law forbids the entry of Israelis and Jews into a specific area. They shouldn’t preach morality to us.”
The policy of some settlements not to allow the entry of Arabs has been known for years, even though it violates Israeli law. The spokeswoman for Yitzhar said the placing of the sign was done by activists from the community.