Border police evicted a group of Israelis from a site near the West Bank of Jordan township of Beth El on Wednesday (18 November) after they had attempted to establish a settlement there.
Border police evicted a group of Israelis from a site near the West Bank of Jordan township of Beth El on Wednesday (18 November) after they had attempted to establish a settlement there. The would-be settlers, from the "Entire Israel" movement, chose the site near Beth El because the township is the Old Testament site where Abraham rested and built an altar.
Twenty-five of the 100 would-be settlers, some members of the Betar Youth Movement, the youth movement of the right-wing Gahal Party, pitched their tents on the site in the Bethel area. The site was on the road to Nablus.
The Mayor of El-Bireh, a nearby town, appeared on the scene after the tents had been set up. He informed the settlers that they were encroaching upon Arab land and asked them to leave peacefully. He said rumours of their action would spread and the Arabs of El-Bireh might attempt to remove them by force.
The settlers refused and the Mayor said he would inform the Military Governor and ask for help. The Military Governor in fact arrived as the Mayor left and a contingent of border police dismantled the tents. The leaders were taken by police for questioning.
A second group of members of the "Entire Israel" movement tried at the same time to establish a settlement near the Jerusalem-Latrum crossroads and a third tried at Jama'in, near Nablus.