Arabs Stone Israeli Army Patrols

Arab villagers in the Ramallah district stoned Israeli army patrols yesterday and demonstrated against attempts by a Gush Emunim group to set up an encampment outside the perimeter of the Ofra settlement. The encampment was torn down by the army but the demonstration was held nevertheless. Seventeen villagers were detained for questioning.

Meanwhile, plans were advanced for the entry of another Gush group into an unused army camp in the Jenin area of northern Samaria this week. Still another group expects to occupy an abandoned army camp in the Bet-EI area in the Jerusalem hills.

A new settlement by members of the Labor Zionist Tnuat Hamoshavim was established recently in the Latrun area, a former no-man’s-land on the main highway between Jerusalem and the coast. The settlement, named Ruth, established with no fanfare, is the second moshav in the Latrun region. Earlier, 25 families of the Independent Liberal Party moved into temporary dwellings in the region preparatory to establishing a moshav to be called Shilat. A third moshav will soon be established by the Poale Agudat Israel movement in the same region.

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