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Israeli settlers destroy more olive trees in occupied West Bank

May 2, 2019 at 12:04 pm

Palestinian farmers inspect the damage done to their olive trees that were cut down by Israeli settlers [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

A group of Jewish Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farms on Wednesday and cut down 150 mature olive trees in the village of Burqa east of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Quds Press has reported. The settlers came from the illegal Atzaf colonial outpost built on Palestinian land, said witnesses, who added that they were protected by Israeli occupation forces.

Meanwhile, another group of Jewish settlers attacked a Palestinian family and damaged the fence at their house in Tel Al-Remeida in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Local sources said that the settlers were joined by soldiers of the Israeli occupation army in the attack on the Abu Aisha family home.

According to Badie Dweek, the coordinator of Defenders of Human Rights Gathering in Hebron, the fence owned by Radi Abu Aisha, 74, has been coveted by the Israeli military for 17 years. He explained that the Israeli forces detained the elderly man inside the illegal military checkpoint near the area but released him after the intervention of the Palestinian civil authorities.

At the same time, Jewish settlers stoned the house of Mohammad Salim in Kafl Haris, north of Salfit, and attacked those inside.

Israeli Jewish settlers attack Palestinians daily across the occupied territories under the so-called “Price Tag” banner. Such attacks almost always go unpunished by the Israeli authorities.

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