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In all, police have detained at least 21 people this week in connection with the recent violence. In the past, suspects have rarely been held for long, and few have been prosecuted for serious crimes.

Settler leader Dani Dayan condemned the attacks but bristled at politicians’ descriptions.

“It’s a grave phenomenon that has to be battled, but I don’t know if it’s terror,” he told Army Radio.