Settlers, anti-occupation activists clash in West Bank

October 3rd, 2008 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Tel Aviv, Oct 3 (DPA) Israeli settlers clashed Friday at an olive grove near the West Bank town of Hebron with activists protesting the Israeli occupation in the region, the police said.According to settlers, the fracas broke out when one of the activists pushed the wife of settler leader Itamar Ben-Gvir. The activists, however, said the settlers attacked them first.

One anti-occupation activist was detained by the police, a police spokesman, Mickey Rosenfeld, said.

In a related development, a settler leader from the northern West Bank was charged Friday with assaulting the police, hindering them in investigations and obstruction of justice.

The court in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv, ordered Daniella Weiss, 63, to be placed under house arrest, pending a further hearing Sunday.

Weiss, a well-known settler activist, allegedly hit a police officer and is suspected of driving the car which spirited away three settlers after they had allegedly set alight a Palestinian olive grove Thursday.

The police found the car near Weiss’ home, but Weiss and another woman tried forcefully to prevent the police from entering the house.

“Weiss and the other woman forcefully interfered with our investigation and attacked officers physically,” a police officer told the Jerusalem Post daily.

The police found three settlers hiding in Weiss’ home and arrested them.

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