Israel bans 12 Jewish extremists from West Bank

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military has banned 12 Jewish extremists from the West Bank for three to nine months because they are suspected in violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.

The military had no comment when asked why the radicals were not arrested. The extremists were not identified in the military's statement Thursday.

The statement said the ban was a "preventative measure to remove the threat by the activists in the area."

Jewish radicals opposed to government actions against West Bank settlements have carried out a long line of attacks in recent months on Israeli military bases and Palestinian mosques, cemeteries, farmland and cars.

Critics have faulted Israeli officials for not cracking down on Jewish extremists.