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Report: Itamar settlers to built Fogel outpost

March 14, 2011 4:07 P.M. (Updated: March 15, 2011 10:52 A.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The grieving settler community in Itamar will not seek violent revenge against the unknown assailants behind the murder of the Fogel family, but will rather create an illegal settlement outpost in their honor, Israel's daily newspaper Haaretz reported.

"The youth want to act, express themselves. We want to channel it into positive directions," the daily quoted settlement youth coordinator Pinchas Michaeli as saying.

According to Haaretz, the group is "now talking about building a new neighborhood in memory of those murdered."

The addition of neighborhoods to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, when the homes are built outside the boundaries of the existing settlement, is called "outposting," and results in the creation of an illegal settlement outpost.

Itamar, according to a 2006 survey done by Israeli peace group Peace Now, covers 4.7 dunums of land in the West Bank municipality of Nablus. Some 43.8 percent of that land is privately registered to Palestinian owners.

The settlement has six outposts already, none of which among the six outposts slated for demolition under a new Israeli law mandating the dismantling of outposts which Israeli courts determined were built exclusively on Palestinian-owned land. Under the same law, those outposts which were not deemed illegal would be legalized.

Speaking to Haaretz, one Itamar settler drew a distinction between the residents there and other settlement groups in the northern West Bank. "These people don't go out and demonstrate, that's not their style," 24-year-old Yohanan Goldin said.

Another settler, Itamar Brooker, told Haaretz: "There is an extremist group in the area, they are reactionary, and their photographs are always printed in the papers ... But understand: 'price tag,' demonstrations, it's not even a part of our lexicon. Never has been, never will be."
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