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After outpost evacuation, settlers smash 12 cars

June 2, 2011 10:29 A.M. (Updated: June 3, 2011 12:03 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Twelve Palestinian vehicles were vandalized Thursday morning, along the Nablus-Ramallah road not far from the Shilo settlement, where violence erupted before dawn as Israeli soldiers evacuated an illegal settlement outpost there.

The cars' windshields were broken by rocks, bats and sticks, locals told Ma'an, doors dented, paint scraped and decals ripped off in what residents blamed on settler aggression.

Israeli news sites reported that overnight in the same area, six Israeli border guards and five settlers were injured in confrontations that erupted during the evacuation of an illegal settlement outpost known as Ali Ayin, part of the Shilo settlement. Four structures were demolished during the evacuation, reports said, noting three settlers were detained for violent behavior.

According to Israel's Ynet news site, "settlers claim police used excess force, beat them, and used stun grenades unnecessarily," while police were said to have reported "massive resistance" including the blocking of roads and stone throwing.

"This incident marks an increase in violence," a police source told the news site, which said a Molotov cocktail had also been launched at a police vehicle shortly after the evacuation.

While all of Israel's settlements are illegal in international law, under the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibiting the transfer of a population to an area under occupation, Israel considers the majority of settlements legal. Over 90 percent of settlement outposts -- structures erected outside of the settlement boundaries in an attempt to expand the area under settler control -- were retroactively legalized earlier in the year.

Four outposts were set for demolition, however, sparking a wave of settler violence targeting Palestinians.

Right-wing settlers often target Palestinians, under a strategy that has been termed a "price-tag policy" that sees settlers attack Palestinians and their property in retribution for Israeli government or military action limiting settler action.

Under the policy, settlers make Palestinians "pay" for each evacuation of an outpost. In the past, the "price" has included arson, shootings, beatings, burning fields, uprooting trees and poisoning water wells belonging to Palestinians.
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