Amona: Israel police clear last protesters from settler outpost


Israeli police remove the last protesters from a synagogue in Amona

BBC — Israeli police are reported to have removed the last protesters from an unauthorised settlement outpost being dismantled in the occupied West Bank.
All 42 families living at Amona complied with a court order to leave after officers moved in on Wednesday.
But dozens of supporters barricaded themselves inside the local synagogue.

Meanwhile, Israel’s prime minister has announced that he plans to establish a new settlement in the West Bank for the first time in more than two decades.

A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he had set up a committee that would “begin work immediately to locate a spot and to establish the settlement” for those evicted from Amona.

More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

There are also more than 95 outposts – settlements built without official authorisation from the Israeli government – across the West Bank.