Settlement leader urges followers to step up protests

The head of a West Bank religious seminary that Israeli troops seized last month has called on followers to increase “peaceful protests.”

“We must do our part to continue and increase these peaceful protests,” Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, dean of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar wrote in a statement he published online May 6.

The building housing the yeshiva was taken over by Israel Border Police troops on April 10 as punishment for riots in which men from Yitzhar targeted Israeli troops and property to protest the razing of illegal structures at the settlement.

In his statement, Ginsburgh referenced a May 5 incident in which relatives of victims of terrorist attacks heckled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Memorial Day speech. They were protesting the release of Palestinian terrorists as part of peace talks.

Ginsburgh also mentioned footage that appeared last week in which an Israeli infantry soldiers was seen pointing a loaded gun at a Palestinian youth who had provoked him near Hebron. — jta