Clashes Near Esh Kodesh Outpost

YERUSHALAYIM -

A second day of clashes between Palestinians and Jewish residents near the outpost of Esh Kodesh near Shiloh was reported Wednesday morning by Army Radio.

The altercations have arisen over a disputed tract of land. IDF forces escorted the Palestinians to the area on Wednesday to allow them to plough the land, which lies near the Jewish outpost.

But there they were confronted by Esh Kodesh residents on the site. The latter say the land belongs to them.

On Tuesday, two Border Police officers were lightly injured and four Israelis were arrested during clashes that occurred there.

According to security sources, the arrangement for the Palestinians was based on a recent High Court ruling.

But Aron Katsof, of Esh Kodesh, said outpost residents have worked that same field for 10 years and that the matter of ownership is still has not been resolved by the courts.

In response to the news that the Palestinians would be allowed on the land Tuesday, women and children from the outpost went and held a picnic, said Katsof. He alleged that Border Police ejected Esh Kodesh residents from the field, using tear gas and stun grenades on the women and children.

The Border Police denied the charge.

Katsof provided The Jerusalem Post with video clips that showed Border Police officers striking male residents with a baton as they stood there.