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As settler youths gather at Etzion Junction, Barlev says ‘illegal actions’ will be punished

Israeli police and soldiers attempt to block settlers from the Nachala Settlement Movement at the Gush Etzion Junction, July 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Israeli police and soldiers attempt to block settlers from the Nachala Settlement Movement at the Gush Etzion Junction, July 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Dozens of youths participating in an operation to establish illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank arrive at the Gush Etzion Junction and prepare to move out to their designated sites.

Boys and girls as young as 13 are taking part in the operation organized by the radical Nachala Settlement Movement amid a heavy presence of armed police, border police and military personnel.

Left-wing Peace Now activists seeking to thwart a Nachala group in the northern West Bank have been ordered to return to the Green Line, they say.

Nachala’s operation has received support from Likud and Religious Zionism MKs, prominent rabbis and other public figures.

Police say there is a high volume of traffic on nearby roads and highways and call on drivers to drive carefully, listen to instructions and consider using other routes.

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev says the Nachala movement’s attempts “harm the ability of the Israel Police and the IDF to protect the security of Israeli citizens,” and that those participating in “illegal actions” will be dealt with.

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