Daily Israel Report

Arabs March on Yitzhar, IDF Intervenes

Dozens of PA Arabs march on nearby Jewish village. Similar procession stopped by soldiers.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 9/20/2011, 5:19 PM

Yitzhar
Yitzhar
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Dozens of Palestinian Authority Arabs from the town of Asira el-Kabilya marched on the neighboring Jewish town of Yitzhar on Tuesday afternoon. Spokesman Avraham Binyamin told Arutz Sheva that the IDF was on its way.

Earlier in the day IDF soldiers stopped a similar march on Yitzhar from a second PA town, Urif.

The PA has warned of massive demonstrations scheduled to coincide with its bid for United Nations recognition as a state. However, the handful of demonstrations reported thus far have been small, and were quickly over.

According to reports that reached Arutz Sheva on Tuesday, IDF commanders in the Binyamin region told soldiers that they are not to shoot at Arab protesters’ torsos even if Arab mobs do begin to overrun Jewish communities. Instead, soldiers should shoot at protesters’ legs, they said.

Other commanders have warned soldiers to do whatever possible to avoid escalating violence, but have not ruled out the possibility of opening fire in case of an immediate threat.

Security personnel within Judea and Samaria communities told Arutz Sheva that they will do whatever necessary to protect the towns from invasion.

The IAF is getting involved as well, and is prepared to use counter-riot measures from the air, in order to disperse marches on Jewish communities before they reach the city limits.