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Anarchists Demolish 30 Meters of Security Fence

The destruction included electronic sensors and other equipment worth hundreds of thousands of shekels.
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
First Publish: 8/11/2007, 11:03 PM

Radicals from the Anarchists Against the Wall organization vandalized 30 meters of Israel's counter-terrorism barrier on Saturday. The destruction included electronic sensors and other equipment worth hundreds of thousands of shekels.
No arrests have been made.

The damage was done to a section of the security fence in the southern Hevron Hills, near the Arab village of Beit Mirsim. Local Arabs also took part in the vandalism. No arrests have been made, despite the fact that police are aware of the identities of the perpetrators.

Activists from the anarchist organization said they chose that portion of the fence, where it runs both along and within the pre-1967 Green Line, in order to show their opposition to the counter-terrorism barrier regardless of its location. They also said they would continue to destroy as much of the fence as they could, anywhere they could, whether in pre-1967 Israel or in Judea and Samaria.

Anarchists and Arab vandals also cut through a section of the security fence near Bethlehem in July.

Anarchists Against the Wall, founded in 2003, have cooperated in the past with the International Solidarity Movement, which supports anti-Israel terrorism stemming from Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

In a related attack on the separation barrier on Friday, two border guard soldiers were lightly injured when left-wing activists and local Arabs threw rocks at them in the village of Bil'in. The soldiers were assigned to protect the fence in the vicinity of the village. About 150 activists took part in Friday's violence against the barrier.

Dozens of foreign and Israeli leftists join Arabs in Bil'in, an Arab village approximately one hour
Two border guard soldiers were lightly injured.
north of Jerusalem, to take part in protests every Friday. The leftists say they are protesting the construction of the security fence in the area. The protests often become violent, and several police officers and left-wing activists have been wounded in various incidents.

Three weeks ago, the High Court of Justice determined that the Defense Ministry and the IDF did not fulfill the instructions of the court to take apart a safety railing along a road in the South Hevron Hills. The state was alloted 14 days to carry out the order, after determining a new location for the railing that would not negatively impact the local Arab residents. The original decision in the case was handed down in December 2006.