Israel Cuts 2.5 Million Trees, Causes Environmental Damage in Palestine: Palestine Premier

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh strongly criticized Israel for systematically damaging the environment in Palestinian territories, including by uprooting about 2.5 million trees.

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Illustration. Israel builds thousands of homes for illegal settlers in the West Bank. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

ACTNews, RAMALLAH – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh strongly condemned Israel for systematically damaging the environment in Palestine at the 26th edition of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference or COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Shtayyeh emphasized that Israel’s actions have caused considerable damage to the environment in the Palestinian territories. Since 1967, Israel has uprooted 2.5 million trees in the Palestinian territories, 800,000 of which are olive trees.

In addition, Israel also builds illegal Jewish settlements, quarries, and landfills in which chemical, solid, and electronic waste is dumped.

"Those who look at the modern map of Palestine see how the environment has been systematically destroyed," Shtayyeh said.

He warned that the environmental damage will double the effect of climate change.

“Nonetheless the Israeli occupation is the major stumbling block to sustainable development in Palestine. The occupation must come to an immediate end so that our people can live in freedom and in dignity and can do so in an independent territory with its capital Jerusalem,” he said in the meeting. []