February 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm
Jewish settlers have diverted their waste water onto Palestinian-owned farms, damaging crops in the process. The incident took place in the village of Fokeen to the west of Bethlehem.
According to the head of the village council, Ahmed Sokkar, the settlers of Bitar Elite settlement repeated the action several times. Apart from damaging the crops and wasting farmers' time, Sokkar pointed out that it also has a serious negative effect on the environment.
Palestinian residents and human rights organisations claim that these and similarly destructive actions take place across the occupied West Bank on an almost daily basis. Last week, for example, wild pigs were let loose from illegal settlements around Jenin and damaged Palestinian farms, while other settlers in the same area destroyed dozens of olive trees.