West Bank Jewish teen arrested for throwing rocks at Israeli police

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish teenager was arrested in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar for throwing rocks at a police patrol.

The attack by and arrest of the 16-year-old male on Wednesday came a day after six Israeli Border Police officers were hurt in clashes between Israeli security forces and settlers, and the destruction of an Israel Defense Forces guard post, in the wake of the razing of illegal structures at the settlement.

There have been an increasing number of attacks on security forces in the West Bank by settlers in recent weeks, according to the IDF.

“The IDF views such events harshly,” the Israeli military said in a statement prior to Wednesday’s incident. “Any assault on army commanders, regular or reserves, who are engaged day and night in defending the People of Israel, is crossing a red line.”

The IDF also noted that such incidents take its attention away from protecting the residents of the settlements.

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