Israeli forces destroy 450 olive trees, Roman-era well in Hebron, Palestine

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday destroyed 450 olive trees, leveled land, and demolished a Roman-era water well in the village of Beit Ula in northwestern Hebron, after claiming the Palestinian land [which is in the Occupied West Bank] belonged to Israel, locals said.

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Issa al-Imla, the coordinator of a local popular committee in Beit Ula, told Ma’an that the olive trees were more than 10 years old and belonged a local farmer, Farid Abd al-Latif al-Imla.

Al-Imla said that Israeli forces also leveled lands belonging to Abd al-Qader al-Imla and demolished the village water well that dated from the Roman era.

Al-Imla said that Israeli forces, officials from the Israeli Civil Administration and three bulldozers also raided the Attus and al-Mekheh areas in western Beit Ula and destroyed crops.

On January 27, an Israeli court issued an order to confiscate hundreds of dunams of land in western Beit Ula.

Al-Imla said that Palestinian landowners followed up the case in Israeli courts, but added that Israeli courts generally assist settlers in confiscating Palestinian land.

He called on the Palestinian Minister of Agriculture and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to help farmers re-plant trees.

Beit Ula’s village lands are predominantly classified as Area A and B under the Oslo Accords — partially under jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority — while thewestern edges of the village are bordered by the Israeli separation wall and classified as Area C, under full Israeli civil and military control.

Even before January’s ruling, several thousand dunams of land were confiscated by the Israeli authorities in Beit Ula, according to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem.

Israeli forces and settlers attack olive trees in a bid to oust Palestinian farmers from their land, and a loss of a year’s crops can cause destitution for farming families.

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 ARIJ.

Via Ma’an News Agency

7 Responses

  1. This is so unfortunate and it is an unforgivable crime. Those olive trees are so precious, some years old, and they are the livelihood of these poor people. Those who destroy these trees are so vicious and cruel, and we feed them.

  2. You go Israel! The time is right for grabbing all manner of real assets. Ain’t nobody around to stop you. John Kerry and Obama were so successfully humiliated last year when settlement talks were running, they have given up. Obama is virtually a lame duckster now. Those jockeying for a nomination to run for president will all be sucking up to the friends of Israel. Worries about ISIS, Iran, al Qaeda, and all manner of general unrest in the Mideast have got Europe, America and others distracted. You go Israel. The time is ripe! Of course, I wish that Israel could be tamed, and that Palestinians could have their own country. But that is not possible. Nobody can stop Israel from its Eretz Israel dream.

  3. Dumb Arabs don’t realize that God promised Palestinian land to the Jews. So Israel isn’t stealing anyone’s land or olive trees; it’s merely doing God’s work.

    It’s a pity that Godless heathens like Juan Cole don’t understand that. Fortunately, our bretheren in the Tea Party do, and so we can ignore the anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-God losers like Cole, since God is NOT on his side, but on Israel’s.

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