Israeli military bans a dozen settlers from the West Bank


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces has issued orders banning 12 settlers from the West Bank.

The right-wing activists — residents of Yitzhar, Havat Gilad, Elon Moreh and Ramat Migron — may not enter the West Bank for periods of three to nine months. They are accused of violence against Palestinians.

The 12 also are accused of planning and executing attacks against Israeli soldiers.

They were served with the restraining orders early Thursday.

"The issuing of these orders derives from a specific security necessity, and after exhausting all other alternatives. These orders are a preventative measure to remove the threat by the activists in the area," the IDF spokesman said in a statement.

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