Last year well-armed Ariel settlers came down twice to harass the Palestinians during the olive harvest, but there were no incidents either on Friday or on Saturday when MPT picked with other internationals.
Ariel, the fourth largest settlement in the
Although there was a ten-month moratorium on settlement construction, there has been no appreciable decline in construction. Israeli peace activists, using aerial photographs and ground inspections have tracked settlement building.
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/construction-of-israeli-settlements-has-barely-been-hampered-by-freeze/397960 (through Associated Press)
Big construction began again in the Ariel bloc a couple days before the end of the moratorium.
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/afp/mideast-talks-face-collapse-as-settlement-freeze-ends/398141 [through Agence France-Presse (AFP)]
For more on the construction and the “Wild West” spirit in Ariel see: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-israel-settlement-mayor 20101003,0,4911782.story?page=2&utm_medium=feed&track=rss&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20latimes%2Fmiddleeast%20%28L.A.%20Times%20-%20Middle%20East%29&utm_source=feedburner