Dozens of masked Jewish settlers vandalized a Palestinian house in Hebron today, just after Israeli soldiers dragged 250 Jewish settlers out of another disputed building, Haaretz reports. The move against the settlers was the first forced eviction in the West Bank in two years. Twenty-five people were injured in the surprise operation, ordered after negotiation attempts failed.
The settlers barricaded inside the four-story building threw rocks, eggs and chemicals at the police. "We will not allow extreme elements to undermine the authority of the state," said the defense minister. In the attack on the Palestinian home, settlers threw rocks at the building, which was occupied, and set laundry on fire.