ACTNews, WEST BANK – Israeli settlers have uprooted 400 olive trees in the Palestinian occupied West Bank village of Deir Sharaf on Friday, witnesses have said.
One of the witnesses, Ghassan Daghlas, monitors Israeli colonial settlement violations in the northern West Bank and explained that the settlers broke into a plot of land known as Al-Harayek and chopped down the trees.
The owners of the land were identified as Abdul Rahim, Abdul Hamid, and Ghazi Antari – all villagers of Deir Sharaf.
Ghazi Antari shared that he went to his 68-dunam farm to find that settlers had chopped down 320 olive trees, which he planted three years ago. Daghlas said this was not the first time, as settlers had destroyed some 600 saplings almost a month ago.
Meanwhile, a group of Israeli settlers uprooted 90 olive saplings and trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in the Salfit village of Yasuf, West Bank. Jamal Salama, a Palestinian resident of Yasuf village in Salfit, recounted that the settlers uprooted 70 olive saplings of his own after they stormed his farm.
So far, Israeli settlers' violence against Palestinian residents and public property in the West Bank has become routine. Palestinians, local, and international officials believe that the Israeli government is involved in settler violence supported by the presence of the Israeli military forces stationed there. They paid no attention to the settlers' violations. On the other hand, Palestinians are frequently detained for no apparent reason.