“We differentiate very clearly between a nonviolent demonstration, which is a legitimate form of protest, and a violent riot that involves the throwing of rocks and metal objects, physical harm and damage to the security fence, ” said Brigadier General Nitzan Alon, Judea and Samaria Division commander. Over the weekend, Palestinians throughout Judea and Samaria held demonstrations, as well as illegal, violent riots.
Pledges of nonviolence go unnoticed
Over the weekend, at least 200 Palestinians demonstrated near the Qalandiya crossing (north of Jerusalem). No arrests were made. Shortly after, a mob of rioters gathered in an attempt to provoke soldiers into a violent confrontation; rioters hurled firebombs, bottles and rocks at Israeli security forces, who responded with non-lethal riot-dispersal means. The riot left an IDF soldier lightly injured. Captain Barak Raz, Judea and Samaria spokesman, live tweeted from the riot.
- Approximately 70 Palestinians rioted south of Bethlehem, hurling stones at security forces, who responded with non-lethal riot dispersal means.
- Near the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, at least 150 Palestinians participated in a riot, throwing stones, burning tires and positioning road blocks.
- Twenty-five Palestinians at Bil’in and 40 at Ni’lin rioted near their Palestinian villages, hurling rocks Israeli security forces.
Following extensive riot-dispersal training, Israeli security forces in Judea and Samaria were supplied this weekend with non-lethal riot dispersal means and instructed to show restraint in facing protesters.
On Friday, Palestinians hurled stones at and damaged an Israeli passenger bus traveling north of Kiryat Arba (north of Hebron). Stones were also hurled at an Israeli vehicle traveling near Al-Arub.
In the last two years, more than 200 Israeli soldiers were injured by violent rioters throughout Judea and Samaria.