West Bank settlers cling to their hills

West Bank settlers cling to their hills
The military presence has been reinforced in Howara (West Bank). JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP

REPORT – Galvanized by the presence of religious Zionists in the Israeli government, they are launched into a dangerous one-upmanship.

Special envoy to the West Bank.

It’s a Monday morning but Howara looks like a ghost town. Heavy iron doors were brought in front of the shops. Most of the houses are closed, shutters drawn. Some, the facades blackened by smoke, keep the aftermath of the last descent of settlers.

The military presence has visibly been reinforced in this village in the northern West Bank, but the day before, in broad daylight, a Palestinian armed with a “carlo”, a homemade weapon, once again fired on a car whose license plate, black on a yellow background, identified as Israeli.

The driver, a resident of the nearby settlement of Itamar, was seriously injured. The assailant, hit by several shots, was arrested shortly after. Three weeks earlier, in the same place, an attack similar in all respects had resulted in the death of two Israelis who had also come from a nearby colony. The next day, 400 young settlers descended…

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