IDF To Enforce Separation Of Palestinians & Jews In Gush Etzion

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The IDF is set to enforce almost total segregation between Israeli Jews and Palestinians in the Gush Etzion region in the West Bank.

Israeli soldiers will keep Palestinians at a physical distance from the Jewish population following a military assessment that suggests attacks in the area will continue.

Ynet news reports:

Near total segregation between Israeli Jews and Palestinians is set to be enforced by the IDF in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank, according to a recently-written open letter from head of the regional council Davidi Perel to local residents.

Unfortunately we do not see an end nearby to the situation, nor a decrease in the motivation of terrorists to carry out attacks,” the letter said. Accordingly, Perel wrote, the IDF has decided that soldiers stationed at the Gush Etzion junction will, as far as possible, keep Palestinians away from the Jewish population.

The decision follows an IDF security assessment conducted on Wednesday after an attack at the Gush Etzion Junction. Both Perel and Gush Etzion Brigade Commander Roman Gofman took part.

The issue of segregation is problematic for businesses in the area, which have Jews and Arabs working side-by-side. It is not clear how it will be possible to create separation or segregation at the junction, although it seems that is the intended course of action.

Business owners in Gush Etzion have known better days. Normalized relations between Jews and Arabs in the area had persisted during the wave of violence, but were undone in one moment.


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