Thousands of anti-pullout protesters blocked Monday evening the entrance to Jerusalem and key highways in the Tel Aviv and Haifa areas. Around 140 of them were arrested.

Hundreds of Protesters managed to close the entrance to Jerusalem for about an hour, preventing access to incoming traffic from the direction of Tel Aviv.

According to Israel Radio, several police officers were hurt when demonstrators threw stones at them during a protest. Israeli TV channel two reported that police threw a stun grenade at the protesters.

Protesters at Morasha junction near Tel Aviv failed to block the junction but created heavy traffic jams.

At Highway 2, near Netanya, three protesters attempted to place tires and burn them but were arrested by the police. 

Geha highway was blocked by protesters for a approximately an hour. Lev Hamifratz highway near Haifa was also blocked for a period of time.

In Be’er Sheva, anti-pullout protesters clashed with local Bedouin residents. Two people were lightly hurt.

Right wing Israelis block key highways

Despite the deployment of thousands of policemen, Anti-pullout right wing activists Monday blocked several central highways and intersections across Israel.

Right-wing activists used burning tires to block the entrance to Jerusalem during the morning rush hour. Latrun intersection on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway and the entrance to Holon were also blocked several hours later.

Police quickly cleared the burning tires from all locations, and has arrested two youths from Holon on suspicions of setting fire to tires in an attempt to block the south-bound part of the main Ayalon highway artery.

Police found fuel tanks and flammable materials in the vehicle of the two arrested.

In the north and center of Israel, police said to have uncovered piles of tires apparently hidden by anti-pullout activists for use later in the day.

In two central streets in Tel Aviv, Herzl and Bar-Ilan, fake bombs planted by right-wing activists were found with notes reading ‘the disengagement will blow up in our face – this is just the beginning of a stubborn struggle.’