Illegal Israeli Squatters uproot hundreds of Palestinian olive trees near Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli settlers destroyed and uprooted hundreds of olive saplings in the Palestinian town of al-Shuyoukh northeast of Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Local activist Ahmad al-Halayqa told Ma’an that about 80 acres of land planted with olive saplings had been vandalized by Jewish settlers from nearby illegal settlements and outposts.

This is the fourth time settlers have vandalized and uprooted olive saplings in the area, he added.

The land, according to al-Halayqa, belongs to Muhammad Au Shanab al-Ayayda, Abd al-Qadir Abu Shanab al-Ayayda and Mousa Abu Shanab al-Ayayda. The saplings had recently been replanted for the fourth time.

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

Via Ma’an News Agency

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PressTV reported on a similar incident a couple of months ago near Ramallah

3 Responses

  1. The concept of olive tree attacks had been initiated by the Gush Emunim settler movement. This recent attack near Hebron coincides with the burial of its founder Rabbi Moshe Levinger, who was eulogized by PM Netanyahu at his funeral as “an outstanding example”; President Rivlin also delivered a eulogy.

    Rabbi Levinger, 80 years of age at the time of his passing, had served time in prison for shooting to death an Arab Hebron shopkeeper and was arrested and charged at least 10 times for acts of violence against either Palestinians or Israeli authorities. His organization in the 1970s and 80s targeted Palestinian mayors with car bombings.

    It’s ironic that Israel’s governmental leaders are lauding the deceased leader of one of the most violent and racist groups to emerge in the West Bank that it had criminally prosecuted decades ago for racist violence.

  2. apart from the insane amount of destruction visited upon gaza, nothing alienates me more from israel than chopping or burning down olive groves ..

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