Police and Settlers Clash Following West Bank Outpost Demolitions

Four people arrested; Settlers torch Palestinian fields in response to the demolition of several wooden structures at the outpost Mitzpe Avihai near Kiryat Arba.

Clashes erupted on Wednesday between settlers in the West Bank and Israel Police officers who razed a number of wooden structures in the settlement outpost Mitzpe Avihai, one week after a similar confrontation occurred in the outpost Givat Ronen.

Fire blazing near the West Bank outpost of Givat Ronen
Moti Milrod

Settlers torched Palestinian fields in response to the demolition of the structures at the outpost near Kiryat Arba.

Destroyed home in West Bank outpost of Givat Ronen
Shimshon Sochi

Civil Administration authorities and police destroyed the structures - in which five families had lived – in an early morning raid. Authorities evacuated the families along with other settlers at the site who were there to support them.

Around 100 settlers from Kiryat Arba arrived at the site and began hurling stones at police vehicles, after which police tried to remove the demonstrators by force.

Five settlers were hurt in the clashes and were treated on site.

Police arrested four people suspected of hurling stones at officers; they were taken in for questioning.

Rightist activist Itamar Ben-Gvir told Haaretz on Wednesday that he would not be surprised if a mosque is harmed in response to the demolition of the structures, which he said included a synagogue.

"Bibi [Netanyahu] and [Ehud] Barak are inflaming the land," he said.
Clashes broke out between Palestinians and West Bank settlers last Monday following the destruction of a home built in violation of the building freeze in the outpost of Givat Ronen.

Civil Administration authorities along with police destroyed the house without incident, despite the fact that a mass text message had been sent out informing settlers in the area of the expected home destruction and encouraging them to prevent it from happening.

The clashes broke out after the home was destroyed. A group of Palestinians from the village of Burin in the northern West Bank began to throw stones at the settlers, injuring four of them.