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The Beita model: Palestinians lead ‘new form of resistance’ at Evyatar outpost

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BEITA, West Bank — Using laser pointers, burning tires, makeshift explosive devices, and noisy horns to torment residents of an illegal Jewish outpost, in a tactic borrowed from Gaza-based terror groups along the border fence with Israel, Palestinians in Beita say they have set themselves apart from others demonstrating against Israel’s West Bank policies.

But beyond attention-grabbing tactics, protesters in the Palestinian town near Nablus insist their weeks-long campaign against the wildcat settlement of Evyatar is distinct for another reason.

They describe it as a grassroots movement, not inspired or directed by Fatah secularists who control the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, or their rivals from the Hamas terror group that runs the Gaza Strip.

“Here there is only one flag: that of Palestine. There are no factions,” Said Hamayel told AFP.

“We are doing from below what Palestinian leaders cannot do from above,” argued Hamayel, who said his 15-year-old son Mohammed was killed by Israeli army gunfire in a mid-June protest.

The army said it had opened fire to suppress rioters who posed a grave threat to troops.

The Beita protests broke out in May as a group of hardline settlers built a Jewish community on a nearby hilltop, without government approval.

In a controversial move, authorities struck a deal with settlers for their evacuation on July 2, while they promised to study the land to evaluate the prospect of eventual retroactive authorization.

Israeli troops stationed at Evyatar since the settlers left have faced ongoing protests from the people........

© The Times of Israel

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