Jewish settlers from the Tapuch Junction area of the West Bank are suspected of purchasing hashish and cannabis from their Palestinian neighbors in the nearby village of Hawara. Israeli police investigating drug-smuggling across the "Green Line" that divides the West Bank from Israel detained several Palestinian youth at the village last week—and found that a confiscated client list included settlers from neighboring militant Jewish communities, including Yitzhar, Itamar and Har Bracha. Four Jewish clients were subsequently detained.
The case has created a stir, as Hawara villagers frequently hurl rocks at Israeli motorists, and the village has also been targeted by the settlers' so-called "price tag" attacks. The Israeli media dubbed the unlikely development a case of "green peace." (YNet, ANSA, Jan. 23)