Two settler outposts would refuse the protection of female soldiers
At least two West Bank outposts under the protection of the Israel Defense Forces have refused to allow female soldiers to guard the area, according to a television report on Thursday.
Residents of the two outposts – Givat Asaf and Ahia – prefer to engage private security to protect them when the military does not have male soldiers available for work, public broadcaster Kan reported.
According to the network, the IDF is cooperating with the demands of the outposts by sending only male soldiers, but is not doing everything possible to make special arrangements if it is understaffed.
Mateh Binyamin’s regional council told the broadcaster that the population of these outposts being practicing Jews, having female soldiers in the area would be a “modesty problem.”
The IDF told the network that âthe division of soldiers for the tasks of defending the localities of Judea and Samaria is carried out in accordance with operational considerations. The IDF integrates male and female soldiers for these missions and works to prevent gender-based exclusion. He added that the allegations raised by the network will be investigated.
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While the international community considers all settlement activity illegal, Israel differentiates between legal settlement houses built and authorized by the Defense Ministry on state-owned land, and illegal outposts built without them. permits required, often on private Palestinian land. However, outposts are often erected with tacit state approval, and successive governments have sought to legalize at least some of the wilderness areas as a result.
Some 120 outposts exist throughout the West Bank. About a dozen of them resemble established towns with hundreds of families. About sixty outposts are small agricultural communities that often only house a handful of families with little infrastructure. A similar number of outposts are tiny “settlements” often consisting of one or two makeshift structures home to ultra-nationalist teenagers known as “young perched”.
Jacob Magid contributed to this report.