Settlers Cut, Uproot, 200 Olive Trees Near Bethlehem

Palestinian sources reported that a group of extremist settlers cut and uprooted approximately 200 olive trees in Palestinian orchards west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

File - Orchards Uprooted By Settlers
File – Orchards Uprooted By Settlers

The 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.

(www.imemc.org / 05.12.2012)

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