Twelve settlers from West Bank settlement of Yitzhar and other settlements in its vicinity were served with administrative restraining orders Tuesday, barring them from the area.
Three of the settlers were barred from the West Bank altogether, three were ordered to stay away from Yitzhar and six other were barred from other settlements. The orders are valid for a period of between three months and one year.
GOC Central Command Major-General Avi Mizrahi signed off on the orders, following a Shin Bet recommendation to the effect.
The restraining orders were issued following an investigation suggesting the 12 men in question – all known right-wing activists – were involved in devising and executing violent acts against Palestinians, mainly vandalizing mosques, vehicles and buildings, over the past two years.
Some settlers were surprised by the move, saying rioting should be expected to come from the Palestinian side in September.
The use of administrative restraining orders against West Bank settlers has been tempered over the last few years. The last time such measures were taken was two year ago, when then-GOC Central Command Major General Gadi Shamni issued them against two Yitzhar settlers.
Orit Strook, head of the Yesha Human Rights Organization, sent a letter to Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan following the orders’ issue, saying the decision was biased against the settlers and demanding he explains the move.