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Thursday, May 27, 2010

IDF/Settler Violence Escalating

Tension between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and settlers in the northern West Bank settlement of Yitzhar is escalating, according to this Ha'aretz story. Yitzhar is an Orthodox Jewish settlement near Nablus, and is the home of radical rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, who has supported attacks on Palestinians and was arrested earlier this year for alleged involvement in torching a mosque.

The more extreme wing of the settler movement is increasingly rafdicsl snd violent and, now, apparently, willing to take on the IDF itself.

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