Settlers, police both to blame for violence in Amona

Thursday, February 02, 2006 | 
The day after the government’s evacuation of the illegal outpost of Amona, Israeli President Moshe Katsav condemned the violent actions of both police and settlers. “All red lines were crossed at Amona," said Katsav. "It was totally unnecessary.” A poll revealed that 63 percent of Israelis claimed that while they understood the settler’s sense of betrayal, they believed their violence was wrong. Pollsters felt both police and settlers were equally responsible for the severe injuries many suffered, such as a 15-year-old who suffered a skull fracture. He later regained consciousness.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni lamented, “When you send children to tell the police ‘I will not tell you my name, I am a Jew from Israel’ the message being sent to the children, whether consciously or not, is that this is a foreign rule...which can be fought...and [you can] throw stone blocks at them.” Livni believes the settlers who use children in this way are rejecting Israel’s sovereignty when they act in this manner. The High Court of Justice is to rule on the fate of 18 illegal homes in Samaria in the next few months.

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