Clashes erupted between a group of right-wing activists and Israeli soldiers and Border Police near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on Wednesday, after a car driven by a Druze employee tried to approach the settlement to work at an Israel Defense Forces construction site.
Ironically, the purpose of the project was to develop better security for the settlement, including construction of a barrier to prevent terrorists from infiltrating the community.
The army condemned the violence, which included stone-throwing and property damage.
"We view any attempt to harm our forces trying to protect this community with severity," an IDF source said.
The incident began when a car filled with construction workers approached the settlement, in the northern West Bank near Nablus, to work on an IDF project. The car was being driven by a man of Druze descent and an IDF officer was sitting in the car.
But Yitzhar, with a mostly Orthodox Jewish population, maintains a strict policy allowing only Jews to work in the settlement.
Locals blocked the road leading into the community to prevent the car from entering, and women sat on the road to bar entry to heavy vehicles trying to reach the construction site.
Border Police were called to the scene and tried to move the activists from the road. A small group of masked men surrounded the car and threw stones at it, smashing its windows. They also slashed its tires.
The IDF officer who was in the car was unharmed but was reportedly infuriated by what he saw.
By the end of the day, the building contractor in charge of the project capitulated to locals' demands and replaced the Druze driver with a Jewish one.
Police arrested one of the right-wing activists for throwing stones.