Israel Squatters Chop Down Dozens of Palestinian Olive Trees Near Nablus (800,000 since 1967)

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Monday chopped down dozens of olive trees on Palestinian agricultural lands in the Nablus district, an official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that settlers from Tuffah chopped down around 100 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in the village of Yasuf.

Settlers also destroyed trees in Burin and and Awarta, Daghlas said.

Israeli authorities rarely investigate violent crimes carried out by settlers against Palestinian communities.

Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority and the Applied Research Institute — Jerusalem.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.

Mirrored from The Ma’an News Agency

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13 Responses

  1. Lieberman defends Israel to a Swedish audience in the Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter today:
    link to dn.se
    Nothing really new there as far as I can see. I guess people who support Israel are impressed, the rest not so much.

  2. No religion condones this kind of viciousness, and these illegal settlers have constantly shown nothing but a deep seated hatred bordering on evil, towards these poor Palestinian farmers.
    They act like common thieves stealing trees, water, and even soil, from the Palestinians, because they know they can get away with murder, as far as their government is concerned. Investigations keep showing that these criminals are hardly held accountable for these disgusting crimes. The Palestinians are harassed, intimidated, and keep losing their property and other resources, that they desperately need to live.
    There is more:
    “The toll the summer war took on the population of Gaza has been extensively reported, but little is known about the war’s effect on the Palestinian enclave’s livestock.

    Al-Jazeera reports that some 15,000 animals (primarily sheep and goats) are missing in the wake of the war, though it is unknown whether they were killed, died from hunger or are still wandering around somewhere.

    A census in 2010 registered 73,500 sheep and goats, while only 58,000 were listed for fodder distribution following the war.

    “This means that more than 15,000 animals are missing,” said Ciro Fiorillo, local head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has been distributing fodder and barley for all of Gaza’s sheep and goats.” Haaretz

  3. Barbara Von Schlegell

    Saddest photo ever – it was in the SF Chronicle years ago – an elder Palestinian man with sawed off olive grove roots in his hands, he is weeping. I seriously think destroying the crops of your enemies is just one more indication that this is a religious style war path total extermination the Palestinian people by Israel.

    • Since an orchard is so long-lived –up to 1,000 years they pass down through the family–so its like losing your ancestors. Takes about 30 years before new trees will fruit–so you are destitute. Thus the tears.

  4. In recent years Israeli leaders have begun to recognize the problem of terrorism by radical Jewish settlers against Palestinians, the IDF, and mainstream settler leaders. In 2011, “the Israeli general in charge of the West Bank, Nitsan Alon, described the violence by radical settlers as ‘terrorism’ and urged the IDF to ‘do much more to stop it.’…And following settler vandalism of an IDF base in the West Bank, the Israeli ministers of defense, legal affairs, and internal security discussed officially designating [such radical settlers] as a terrorist organization.” likewise, in 2014, Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon, branded settler attacks as “outright terrorism.” What does Obama have to say?
    link to detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com

    • What does nutayahoo have to say? After all, his recent destruction record is exemplary. As for oblahblah, he does what he’s ordered to do…

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