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  9/14/2008, Elul 14, 5768

Samaria Group Accuses Olmert of Incitement


The Council of Samaria Residents accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of incitement on Sunday after Olmert accused residents of Yitzhar of carrying out a “pogrom” in a neighboring Arab village. The group slammed Olmert's policies, which it said were responsible for a renewed wave of terrorist attacks, and said Olmert should “get back to dealing with his investigations” instead of criticizing Yitzhar.

Residents of Yitzhar say they entered the village of Asira el-Kabaliya in pursuit of a terrorist who attempted to kill a local child, and began using force only after being attacked by villagers. Olmert accepted the Arab villagers' version of events, according to which they were attacked first, and called the incident “brutal” and “unacceptable.” “Apparently, according to Ehud Olmert, it's the attempted murder and pogrom in a house in Yitzhar that was acceptable,” the council said.