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Hebron - Police Break Up Jewish, Arab Clashes

Published on: November 19, 2011 06:02 PM
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Israeli soldiers block  a narrow street in the old quarter of the Israeli occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on 19 November 2011, to allow Jewish settlers and other Israelis to tour the Palestinian area of the old city also closing the Tomb of the Patriarch also known as Abraham's tomb a religious site to both Moslems and Jews.  EPA/ABED AL HASHLAMOUNHebron - Police and IDF soldiers were forced to separate dozens of Israelis and Palestinians in Hebron on Saturday in order to prevent a potential violent encounter between the two groups.

One Jewish woman and one Palestinian were detained during the incident.

Police and IDF soldiers were continuing to maintain a presence in the area in order to prevent further disturbances.

Army Radio quoted Palestinian sources as saying clashes occurred after settlers threw stones at the home of a Palestinian prisoner released as part of the deal to free kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

Saturday marked “Shabbat Hebron,” in which Israelis visit the West Bank city for the reading of the Torah portion of Hayei Sarah. Likud MK Danny Danon gave an address as part of festivities in the city on Saturday.


“The Jewish settlement in Hebron is one of the pillars of Jewish settlement in the State of Israel,” Danon stated. “The nationalist camp’s latest round of legislation will ensure the continuation of Jewish settlement in Hebron and in Judea and Samaria, and will prevent the left from attempting to thwart widespread Zionist action.”

Danon added that “Shabbat Hebron,” in which Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of the Patriarchs is recounted, is proof of Israel’s historical claim to Hebron.

The Likud MK was joined in Hebron on Saturday by Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and Coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin.

Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post

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