Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA)
October 2, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israeli settlers clashed Friday at an olive grove near Hebron with activists protesting the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, police said.

According to settlers, the fracas broke out when one of the activists pushed the wife of settler leader Itamar Ben-Gvir. The activists, however, said the settlers attacked them first.

One anti-occupation activist was detained by police, a police spokesman, Chief Inspector Mickey Rosenfeld, said.

In a related development, a settler leader from the northern West Bank was charged Friday with assaulting police, obstruction of justice, and hindering police investigations.

The court in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv, ordered Daniella Weiss, 63, placed under house arrest, pending a further hearing, scheduled for Sunday.

Weiss, a well-known settler activist, allegedly hit a police officer and is suspected of driving the car which spirited away three settlers after they had allegedly set alight a Palestinian olive grove on Thursday.

Police found the car near Weiss' home, but Weiss and another woman tried forcefully to prevent the police from entering the house.

'Weiss and the other woman forcefully interfered with our investigation and attacked officers physically,' a police officer told the Jerusalem Post daily.

Police found three settlers hiding in Weiss' home and arrested them.


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