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Thousands Rally Against Settlements

Thousands of demonstrators protested yesterday against settlements in Judaea and Samaria. The protest rally took place in the brand new partially completed town of Efrat, halfway between Bethlehem and Hebron.

Peace Now activists joined forces for the first time with activists from poverty neighborhoods who charged that the government was taking money away from public housing projects and investing it in West Bank settlements.

The demonstrators arrived in about 20 buses and more than 100 private vehicles from all over the country. Organizers kept the protest top secret and staged a diversionary demonstration in Elkana near Nablus to prevent preemptive action by the security forces. The Efrat protest ended without incident.