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Hilltop Youth (Israel)

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image by Bill Garrison, 14 February 2020

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This photograph shows a teenage boy atop a mule on a hilltop overlooking some agricultural community somewhere in the Israeli-controlled West Bank. Various teenagers participate in the "Hilltop Youths" movement whereby they occupy various West Bank hilltops in hope of getting that hilltop annexed as part of Israel.
Bill Garrison, 14 February 2020

I believe I have an identification for this flag. This page has a photo of the same flag and says it "God is the King" and here's another page that says the same for a very similar flag. Makes sense that the flag would be purple - the color of royalty.
Brian Hill, 19 March 2020

The Hilltop Youths are "a hard-line, religious, nationalist settlers' organisation that sets up illegal outposts across the occupied West Bank". It is also described as a group that "espouses" a Kahanist worldview, favouring "deportation, revenge, and annihilation of Gentiles that posed a threat to the people of Israel".

 The correct name is נוער הגבעות (the youth of the hills), is also known as the גבעונים (Givonim). Some of its members are often found camping out in makeshift communities and illegal outposts mostly in Judea and Samaria, and have a reputation as wayward teens eager to clash with Israeli authorities and Palestinians alike. Additionally, the term "hilltop youth" is regarded as a misnomer, since the movement was founded mostly by married people in their mid-twenties and their offspring are the current youths, or second generation members of such communities who also in some cases, encourage to cultivate organic food, and share a common vision of anti-establishment towards both Palestinian and Israeli authorities alike". They more or less emerged after a speech given on November 16, 1998, by the then-Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon where he urged the settler youth to "grab the hilltops" in what was viewed as a declaration intended to thwart peace talks, and in particular the implementation of his political rival Benjamin Netanyahu's Wye River Agreement with the Palestinian National Authority, adding: "Everyone that's there should move, should run, should grab more hills, expand the territory. Everything that's grabbed will be in our hands. Everything we don't grab will be in their hands." (regarding also the proposed partition or "land for peace" approach on conflict resolution in the region).

Esteban Rivera, 27 July 2020