Bethlehem, 8 Rabiul Awwal 1434/20 January 2013 (MINA) – Extremist Zionist settlers Saturday uprooted around 20 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, according to the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) report monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Sunday morning.
Coordinator of the committee against the Apartheid Wall, Ahmad Salah, told WAFA that settlers from the nearby settlement outpost of Sdaa Boaz, built illegally on private-Palestinian land, uprooted the newly planted olive trees.
Settlers Cut 200 Olive Trees Last Year
A report published in the Palestinian website www.immemc.org December 05, 2012 said that a group of extremist Jewish settlers cut and uprooted approximately 200 olive trees in Palestinian orchards west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
The Palestinian sources said that several armed settlers invaded Palestinian orchards in Al-Jab’a village, west of Bethlehem, and cut the trees in addition to plowing the land.
This attack is one of numerous similar attacks carried out by the settlers in the area as the settlers claim the orchard is theirs.
In related news, Israeli paper Yedioth Aharonoth reported that the Israeli justice system will start legal measures against extremist settlers who carry out “Price Tag’ attacks against the Palestinians, their homes, lands and property in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli police apprehended three settlers suspected of torching Palestinian cars in Ath-Thaheriyya town, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
Extremist settlers groups in the occupied West Bank are responsible for hundreds of attacks against the Palestinians and their property, and including burning and cutting hundreds of Palestinian trees in Palestinian orchards and farmlands in different parts of the West Bank.
The attacks also targeted several mosques and churches in different parts of occupied Palestine; these attacks included defacing the holy sites by writing racist graffiti, burning and attempting to burn holy sites by setting them ablaze and by hurling Molotov cocktails at them. (T/R-012/R-006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)