Jewish Settlers Resume West Bank Building

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

In the past two weeks settlers in the West Bank have ended a lengthy hiatus and resumed construction and earthwork on land belonging to Palestinians, leading in some cases to violent clashes, reported Haaretz newspaper, quoting military sources.  

Sources said this development could generate serious disturbances with regional implications. 

One source conjectured that "the settlers might be deliberately trying to foment strife that would block progress in the peace talks." 

According to the paper, in the west of Nablus, settlers have set up a wooden structure together with a container and a generator on land belonging to a Palestinian, apparently with the intention of opening a kiosk. 

Settlers and Palestinians clashed last week near a settlement close to Nablus, where Palestinians tried to rip out a fence erected by the settlers on privately owned land, said the paper.  

Several Palestinians were hurt and an Israeli officer pointed his rifle at a settler who threatened to attack a Palestinian. 

Secretary general of the settlers council, Shlomo Filber, said the accumulation of events was a "coincidence."  

Filber charged that the Palestinians "are looking for friction with us and are demonstrating in places where there was an Israeli presence in the past, according to the paper - 

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