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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Group accuses state, police of violating settlers' human rights

Last update - 04:29 12/12/2006

Group accuses state, police of violating settlers' human rights
By Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondent

In a report published on Monday to coincide with Human Rights
week, a group calling itself "Human Rights in Yesha" maintains
that "the settler public" suffers "blatant violations of its
human rights."

The group, based in Kiryat Arba and headed by Orit Struck,
charges in its report that the settlers receive nearly no backing
from human rights organizations operating in Israel.

The authors of the report describe six areas in which "the
violation of the human rights of the settler public in Yesha [the
territories] goes beyond what is reasonable and acceptable in the
State of Israel."

The report also focuses on two main events.

The first is the "the expulsion of settlers from Gaza and
northern Samaria," as part of the unilateral disengagement in
2005, and a series of laws legislated in parallel with the
pullout from the evacuation of the settlers.

The report writes that until the passing of those laws, "the
expulsion of human beings from their home was considered a war
crime and a crime against humanity."

The second event is the evacuation of the illegal outpost of
Amona, earlier this year, in which the security forces clashed
with settler youth.

'Organized and planned violence'

The authors of the report charge the police with exercising
"organized and planned violence," and list a series of acts, such
as the breaking of windows, beating passive protesters, crowding
the protesters along a corridor of officers that beat them,
charging protesters with mounted officers, attacking the injured,
those offering first aid, MKs and public figures, etc.

Drawing a parallel with Palestinians being held in administrative
detention on orders of the security services, the authors of the
report complain that "more than 20 settlers were evicted from
their homes," also on orders by the Shin Bet.

However, they point out that unlike the Palestinian Arabs who
were termed "terrorists" by the authorities, and who are not
Israeli citizens, the settlers in question are full-fledged
citizens whose rights are being violated.

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