Israeli Police seize weapons from extremist Jewish settlement in the West Bank

21:28 Feb 7 2015 Yitzhar settlement

Israeli Police seize weapons from extremist Jewish settlement in the West Bank
Photo: "The West Bank settlement of Yitzhar"


Israeli police seized weapons and other gear from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on Tuesday.

Yitzhar has been a flash point for violence over the years and is home to some of the so-called "hilltop youth" responsible for vandalism of Palestinian property.

The Israeli news site Times of Israel reported that among other things found during the raid, police found knives, saws, flammable liquids, tear gas canisters, face masks.

The police believe that the arms would have been used against Palestinians as well as Israeli security forces.

Israel Radio reported that Ahiad Liebman, 17, a minor from the settlement was barred from entering the West Bank for a time period of four months.

The restraining order was signed by IDF Major General Nitzan Alon.

HaKol HaYehudi, a website based out of Yitzhar quoted Liebman of being happy about the restraining order, “when the bad guys are fighting against you, you can know you’re on the right path.”

Yitzhar is a bastion of Jewish extremists in the northern West Bank where there is a seminary run by Yitzhak Ginsburg, an American-born rabbi known for authoring a book condoning the killing of non-Jews.

Others are sympathizers of the late Meir Kahane, whose virulently anti-Arab Kach movement was outlawed for incitement to racial hatred after one of his followers, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Muslim worshippers at a Hebron mosque in 1994.

Last April, the Israel army noted that there was a "security necessity to have a constant (military) presence in the settlement," and the IDF, attempting to rout recent far-right Jewish settlers' violence in the West Bank, stationed a guard of Border Police soldiers in Yitzhar, following a prior attack on a military post near the settlement.

Israeli public radio said young men linked with the learning center were suspected of taking part in "price tag" attacks -- hate crimes by Jewish extremists that mostly target Palestinian and Arab property, but have also included attacks on other non-Jews as well as left-wing Israelis and security forces.
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