Yizhar

Amid Settler Crackdown, Hilltop Town And Its Yeshiva Still Defiant

As new anti-vigilante measures take hold, officials in Yitzhar increasingly in the government’s cross-hairs.

12/20/2011
Israel Correspondent

Yitzhar, West Bank — “Revenge junction,” reads the graffiti scrawled on a road sign marking the turnoff to this mountaintop Jewish settlement. It is perhaps a telling welcome to a town and local yeshiva considered by Israel’s government as a nest of young, radical right-wing vigilantes.

In the week since an Israeli military base was attacked and Palestinians were stoned by dozens of settlement sympathizers, Israelis have been up in arms amid allegations of growing lawlessness among hard-line Jewish settlements and the smaller outposts.

The Od Yosef Chai seminary in Yitzhar.
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