Archive for the ‘Itamar’ tag
Speaker of the Knesset, MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud), said during a visit to the settlement of Itamar, that he believed that “the Land of Israel is entirely ours,” and that peace will come only ”when our neighbors will be willing to let us live in the entire country together (with them).”
Yisrael Katz (Likkud), Minister of Transport and Road Safety, said during a visit to the settlement of Itamar that “if the Palestinians take unilateral steps, all of the settlements in Judea and Samaria [West Bank] should be annexed to Israel”. Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said similar things.
Dozens of Members of Knesset from both opposition and coalition, including deputy ministers, demand that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense approve the city plan for the settlement of Itamar, following the Fogel family murder.
Big teams of the IDF (“Isralei Defense Forces”) tonight entered the town of Awarta, close to the settlement of Itamar in the West Bank, and arrssted dozens of suspected Palestinians, among them the deputy chairman of the town council.
According to a report of Machsom Watch, 52 Palestinians have been arrested in the village of Awarta, near the settlement of Itamar, since the attack in the settlement, and their families do not know their whereabouts since. The report also indicates the soldiers damaged the houses they entered: “they broke furniture, smashed appliances, destroyed valuables, tossed the content of closets around the whole house, and even broke down walls”. The soldiers also humiliated a handicapped Palestinian who lives alone, and ate from the food-stores of Palestinian families.
According to a report (PDF) of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the IDF imposed a curfew on the Palestinian village of Awarta for five days following the attack in Itamar. During the curfew, the residents were not allowed to leave to buy food or medicine. During the curfew settlers formed an outpost on 15 dunams [15,000 m²] of privately owned land of the village’s. The report also indicates that during recent weeks, Israeli forces have injured 65 Palestinians, of them 25 children. Many of the injuries (28, of them 16 children) took place in the neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, during clashes between local residents and Israel Police.
In a meeting of the Likud faction, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu answered a question from MK Tzipi Hotovely, about granting permanent to the settlement of Itamar. Mr. Netanyahu said that he would try to assist on this matter.
According to a poll taken by ynet, 46% of the Israeli public views the “price tag” actions following the murder in Itamar as justified.
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu spoke in Itamar in favor of vengeance, and even added that he was asked by officials to call for an end to the “Price Tag” actions against Palestinians, and refused to do so.
Settlers from Karnei Shomron blocked the entrance to the nearby Kafr Laqif, by means of boulders placed on the entry road into the village. Afterwards, they marched on to the nearby village of Azzun. The marchers were blocked off by police and military forces that arrived to the location. At the same time, a convoy of vehicles from Karnei Shomron headed toward Azzun. Stone throwing fights broke out between the passengers of the convoy and Palestinian residents of Azzun.
Approximately 40 settlers from Itamar arrive to the village of Awarta and started throwing stones at houses in the village. Tens of windows and vehicle windshields were smashed.