maandag 27 oktober 2008

Kolonisten vernielen islamitische begraafplaats na ontruiming buitenpost

Ronduit walgelijk! Deze mensen moeten onmiddelijk worden opgepakt en gestraft. Had men dit geweld niet kunnen voorzien in reactie op de evacuatie van een buitenpost?
Settlers vandalize Muslim graves after IDF razes outpost
By Haaretz Service
Last update - 11:44 26/10/2008
Settlers rioted on Sunday near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, desecrating a Muslim graveyard, after Israeli security forces evacuated a nearby illegal outpost.

The settlers smashed some of the graves and poured paint over others.

Right-wing activist Noam Federman had established the outpost, a farm, which was evacuated by contingents of the Israel Defense Forces, the Border Police and police earlier Sunday.

IDF tractors demolished the outpost after its residents had been evacuated.

Rightists came to the site and threw stones at the security forces in response to the evacuation. A number of them were arrested for attacking a police officer, and two young women were arrested after they tried to set a police car alight.

During the rioting, settlers hurled abuse at the members of the security forces, called for a "revenge attack" against them.

"We hope they will be defeated by their enemies, that they will all be [kidnapped IDF soldier] Gilad Shalit, that they will all be killed and all slaughtered because this is what they deserve," they said.

In addition to vandalizing the graves, settlers also damaged over 80 Palestinian vehicles by smashing windows and puncturing tires. Two police cars were damaged during the altercations.

Settlers, for their part, argued that security forces carried out the evacuation was without a preliminary order and that they did not give the outpost's residents time to pack up their belongings.

Olmert: Anyone inciting violence against troops belongs in jail

The settlers' calls for violence against the security forces drew fire from outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting.

"I've ordered Ministers Dichter and Friedman to work in order to utilize the procedures against these people, whoever expresses himself so belongs in jail. We've had enough of all this violence: Verbal violence that brings physical violence - and we will not abide this," he said.

Olmert was referring to Public Security Minister Avi Dichter and Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak joined the premier in his condemnation, calling for right-wing extremists to receive harsher punishments for such outbursts.

Vice Premier Haim Ramon also attacked the phenomenon.

"Everyone who this morning called for violence against IDF soldiers must be arrested immediately," he said.

"If an Arab had urged on the radio for attacks against IDF soldiers he would have already been arrested long ago - [our] behavior must be exactly the same toward the settlers."

Israel has repeatedly pledged to the United States that it would evacuate these outposts to meet the conditions of the first stage of the diplomatic road map leading to a final-status agreement with the Palestinians.

Earlier this year, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and settler leaders reached an
agreement to dismantle some 26 outposts built on private Palestinian land after March 2001.

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