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Israeli nationalists opposed the evacuation of the settlements. Nation World News

JERUSALEM ( Associated Press) — Thousands of Israeli nationalists protested outside the parliament building in Jerusalem on Thursday, urging the government not to demolish a West Bank settlement outpost.

The demonstration came a month after a Palestinian gunman opened fire at a car full of seminary students at Homesh outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus, killing 25-year-old Yehuda Dementman and wounding two people.

The Homesh outpost is considered illegal by the Israeli government. It is the site of a former settlement evacuated in 2005 as part of Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. But in recent years, settlers have re-established an unauthorized outpost at the site, believed to be one of dozens of outposts in the West Bank. Illegal but tolerated by the government.

Protesters protested the government’s West Bank settlement policies, raised slogans against Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and waved Israeli flags.

Bennett’s government was formed last year by a coalition of different parties, ranging from ultranationalists to Dovish factions and a smaller Islamist party. The coalition has agreed not to address divisive issues, but disagreements have surfaced repeatedly, particularly over Israel’s 54-year occupation of the West Bank.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, and has established dozens of settlements in the decades that are now home to hundreds of thousands of Israelis. Most of the international community considers the settlements illegal and an obstacle to peace. The Palestinians want the region as a stronghold for a future independent state.

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