Israel Bans 12 Jewish Extremists from West Bank

The Israeli military said Thursday it has
banned 12 Jewish extremists from entering the West Bank for three to
nine months because they are suspected in violence against Palestinians
and Israeli soldiers.


The military said it
was acting pre-emptively but did not have enough information to launch
criminal proceedings against the radicals. The extremists were not
identified in the military’s statement Thursday.

The statement called the ban was a “preventative measure to remove the threat by the activists in the area.”

Jewish
radicals opposed to government actions against West Bank settlements
have carried out a long line of attacks in recent months on Israeli
military bases and Palestinian mosques, cemeteries, farmland and cars.

Critics have faulted Israeli officials for not cracking down on Jewish extremists.

Source: The Associated Press