The Israeli army removed 100 squatters trying to set up a new village at Sebastiye, north of Nablus in the occupied west bank of Jordan on Thursday (March 6).
GV Settlers on rooftop of old railway station
SV PAN FROM Settlers in window TO soldiers on ground
GV Soldiers advancing to building and placing ladder against wall (2 shots)
GV AND SV Soldiers watch as officer on top of ladder tries to persuade settler to come down (2 shots)
SV Soldiers trying to persuade settlers to come down
GV Leaflets being handed out to soldiers (2 shots)
GV AND SV Soldiers taking settlers away and taking them to bus (3 shots)
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Background: The Israeli army removed 100 squatters trying to set up a new village at Sebastiye, north of Nablus in the occupied west bank of Jordan on Thursday (March 6). It was the squatters' second attempt in less than a year to establish a settlement around an abandoned railway station at Sebastiye. A few days earlier the soldiers removed another group of squatters from an area further south.
Both groups belong to a religious sect which believes all the biblical land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people and should be open for settlement. The Israeli Government doesn't see it that way ... and in some areas have already designated the land for industrial development ... not farming.
The Sebastiye squatters refused to budge when ordered to leave and had to be carried to army trucks. They said their settlement was the best answer to guerrilla attacks.