The extreme far-right Israeli government has approved a plan to arm the so-called “Price Tag” settler gangs active in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Al-Quds Al-Araby reported on Monday. Israeli Occupation
The Israeli occupation is preparing to arm its settlers in the unlicensed settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, which are mostly strongholds of the fanatical Israeli settler gangs.
The plan to arm these fanatics is being put forward on the pretext that they are being exposed to “massive danger” when they are unarmed.
According to Israel Hayom, thier excuse is that “the Israeli army cannot reach them (Palestinians) easily.”
While all Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, settler outposts are illegal even under Israeli law.
Last year, Haaretz said that most of these illegal outposts had been built during the past 10 years in the occupied West Bank and are livestock farms. It noted that there were around 50 of them in the West Bank.
The settlement watchdog Kerem Navot said that these outposts take around 60,000 acres of Palestinan land, about seven per cent of Area C of the occupied Palestinian territory.
According to Haaretz, the Israeli farm settlements are normally built on “state-owned” land or Palestinian-owned land, but animals graze on larger areas outside outpost borders. Most operate on a grazing contract from the Ministry of Agriculture in the occupation state.
The Israeli Civil Administration, which is in charge of allocating grazing land in the occupied West Bank, claims that these illegal outposts often carry out their activities without its knowledge.
Al-Quds Al-Araby reported that Israeli settlers in these outposts apply for arms licences like any other settler, then buy their own arms. Israel Hayom puts the number of armed Israeli settlers at 100,000.