Settlers Arrested After Writing 'Revenge' in Stones Near Palestinian Village

The three were detained after getting into a confrontation with Israeli security forces and Palestinians near the village of Sussia.

Three Israeli settlers who used stones to shaped the word "revenge" near the Palestinian village of Sussia were arrested on Saturday for violating an army order barring them from the area. The arrests followed clashes between the three and Israeli security forces and Palestinians, the Israel Police said.
The three also laid stones in the shape of a Star of David in the area.
Based on reports from Palestinian residents of Sussia, in the southern West Bank, the Israeli B'Tselem human rights organization reported that the stones were located about a kilometer from the village in a field that Palestinians had plowed about three weeks ago. Sussia is in Area C of the West Bank, meaning that it is under full military and civil control of Israeli authorities.
In other developments over the weekend, on Friday individuals associated with the right-wing Elad organization, which in part promotes the movement of Jews into the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, took possession of a residential building in the neighborhood accompanied by police. The two-story building is not far from the site of an archaeological dig where Elad plans to establish a large Kedem visitors' center to serve the City of David national park in the area, which include finds dating back to biblical times.
Palestinian sources said Elad made use of a middleman to acquire the building from Palestinians.

Yotam Berger
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