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      Violence as Police Block Leftists outside Beit El

      Police refuse to allow leftists into Beit El to protest against the existence of Givat HaUlpana.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 5/1/2012, 12:09 PM

      Violence as Police Block Leftists outside Bei
      Violence as Police Block Leftists outside Bei
      Hillel Meir

      A violent confrontation took place outside the community of Beit El Tuesday morning between police and a delegation of radical left-wing Meretz leaders and activists.

      The leftists had come to demonstrate against the fact that five buildings in the Givat HaUlpana neighborhood are still standing, one year after the state's representatives gave a commitment to the High Court to tear them down.

      Former MK Mosi Raz was quoted as saying, "The settlers are giving us a lesson in criminal behavior, and the government is crushing justice and the law. Our cry is that of the people who oppose mockery of the rule of law and wasting public money in the territories."

      A representative of the Beit El local authority, Menachem Lev, approached the protesters and invited the Meretz Knesset Members to tour the Givat HaUlpana neighborhood. However, the activists greeted him with catcalls and shouts like "Go back to Israel!" and "You are criminals!"