Ten teenagers broke into a base of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division next to Beit El on Friday afternoon. The teens were carrying signs protesting the evacuation of outposts in Judea and Samaria. Nine of them were detained for questioning.
A military source told Arutz Sheva that “the incident was serious and the IDF does not intend to ignore it.”
The legal aid organization Honenu reported that the teenagers, residents of the outpost of Ramat Migron, arrived at the base to protest and demonstrate the military's policy in recent months, which declares Ramat Migron a closed military zone.
Honenu told Arutz Sheva that, according to the teens, “From time to time the army again declares the area a closed military zone, when the order's validity has expired, to prevent them from reaching the area.” The teens also said that the “the enforcement of the order by the army and the police is selective and the order is enforced only against Jews.”
Honenu said that many arrests of youths were recently made in the area, on charges of violating a closed military zone.
In December, dozens of youths entered the IDF’s Ephraim Brigade base in Samaria, following rumors of an imminent destruction of a Jewish community. Several were arrested.
Clashes broke out between soldiers and the protesters, who burned tires and damaged some military vehicles. Police reinforcements helped chase the youth from the base while carrying out several arrests.
While it was originally believed that youths from Judea and Samaria were behind the incident, a police investigation later found that this was not true.
The attack was universally condemned by Jewish communal leaders in Judea and Samaria who described the incident as "shameful and disgraceful." Rabbis from across the orthodox spectrum in Israel also condemned the incident.
The police, meanwhile, have continually harassed residents of Judea and Samaria. Five residents of Yitzhar were accused by police of espionage, because they warned Jews residing in communities in Judea and Samaria of impending demolitions of homes. The government later withdrew the charges.
Police recently arrested a resident of Yitzhar for the “crime” of being a resident of Yitzhar.
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