Soldiers Drag Jewish Settlers From Disputed Hebron Building

Palestinian home attacked in revenge
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2008 10:54 AM CST
A Muslim cleric stands at the vandalized entrance to a mosque in the northern West Bank village of Nabi Elias.   (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
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(Newser) – 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.