Conflict & Justice

Israel bans Jewish extremists from West Bank


An Israeli soldier in the West Bank.


Hazem Bader

Israel barred 12 Jewish extremists suspected of violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, from entering the West Bank for three to nine months, the Associated Press reported.

The military made the announcement, saying it was acting preemptively, but wasn’t able to launch criminal proceedings against the extremists due to lack of information. The extremists were not identified.

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The statement called the ban was a "preventative measure to remove the threat by the activists in the area,” according to the AP.

BBC reported that restraining orders were handed out in two right-wing settlements close to Nablus, Yizhar and Elon More, and three outposts, which was announced over Israel public radio.

The restraining orders against these extremists come after Israeli authorities announced plans to stop “price tag” attacks carried out by Jewish extremists in response for any action taken against settlement expansion, the BBC reported. Recently there have been a series of attacks on mosques, military bases in the West Bank and a reported rise in vandalism on Palestinian private property.

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Following a mosque attack in Jerusalem in December, the Israeli government accepted proposals made by the ministers of justice and police, who asked to define the “Price Tag” group as terrorists, GlobalPost reported.