Palestinians, settlers clash over competing land claims

JERUSALEM (JTA) — West Bank Palestinians attacked the vineyards of a nearby settlement outpost in a continuation of violence between the two sides in the area.

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Up to 200 Palestinians on Saturday attacked the vineyards next to the Esh Kodesh outpost, located near the West Bank settlement of Shiloh. The Palestinians and the settlers threw stones at each other. The violence was broken up by Israel Defense Forces soldiers using tear gas and other crowd control methods.

Twelve outpost residents reportedly were injured in the clashes, including one who required hospitalization. 

The violence between the two groups began last week over the cultivation of a field that both sides claim. Palestinian farmers began ploughing the field last week, and were confronted by angry settlers.  

Israel’s Supreme Court recently ruled that the Palestinians could plow the land, according to Israeli media, citing security sources.

Outpost residents have cultivated the tract of land for 10 years, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing outpost residents.

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