Jewish Squatters Protest West Bank Evacuation

Dissidents hurl rocks, light bulbs at police
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2007 4:10 PM CDT
Israeli police officers scuffle with Jewish settlers after evacuating them from a building in the West Bank town of Hebron, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. Israeli police, using bars and metal clippers, stormed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As Israel moves closer to an evacuation of the West Bank, hundreds of Jewish protesters barricaded themselves in Hebron's market today, Haaretz reports, using barbed wire, oil drums, and burning tires. Police evicted two families as teenagers on rooftops lobbed rocks, eggs, and light bulbs at forces trying to break up the rally. At least 15 people were hurt.

The Hebron Jewish committee, which organized the protest, said it would continue working to return Jewish settlers to the market through nonviolence. Meanwhile, 12 soldiers were dismissed from duty for refusing orders to participate in the evacuation. It was the largest military refusal since Israel left Gaza 2 years ago.