Israeli soldiers barred, on Wednesday, dozens of activists of the Israeli Peace Now movement from entering the West Bank city of Hebron to protest against Jewish settlements there.
Soldiers closed the main road which leads to Keryat Arba’ settlement, in Hebron, and intensively the area.
Soldiers obstructed three buses carrying 150 activists near Halhoul village, and barred the busses from driving to Hebron after claiming that the movement did not obtain a permit to protest in the city.
An Israeli military source reported that the activists were barred from entering Hebron in order to avoid any clashes with the settlers.
Peace Now General Secretary, Yariv Openheimer, stated before the army intercepted the protest that the movement applied for permission to the Israeli police last months put the request was denied.
“The police allowed thousands of settlers to protest in Hebron during the Sokot feast, and did not say that their protest poses a security risk on them”, Openheimer said, “This is a scandal, we will protest in the Jewish neighborhood in Hebron, even if we have to go their on foot”.