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Police begin evacuating illegal West Bank outposts set up by radical settler group

Police officers and settler activists near 
the Gush Etzion junction, July 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Police officers and settler activists near the Gush Etzion junction, July 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Police have begun working to evacuate illegal outposts set up across the West Bank by the radical settler organization Nachala, according to eyewitnesses and activists.

Nachala claims that police are using “violence and brutality” to clear out those who showed up earlier today in attempts to establish new outposts. The movement calls on Prime Minister Yair Lapid to stop the evacuation since they claim “the public has chosen” their approach.

Hundreds of activists from Nachala briefly succeeded in setting up new illegal settlement outposts at several locations in the West Bank.

At “Nofei Yehuda” just outside Kiryat Arba, more than 100 activists, including families with children and young babies, set up numerous tents and planned to stay the night.

Police and border police subsequently order the site to be evacuated and for the tents to be dismantled. The activists do not resist and willingly fold up their tents. Their plan, one leader said, is to move on to the next site and set up Nofei Yehudah there instead, until moved on again to the next site.

Police and the IDF had earlier called on supporters of Nachala to stay away since their activity is illegal, and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said those who violate the law will be punished.

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