Hebron Gaza Post – A group of extremist Israeli settlers on Wednesday cut down dozens of Palestinian olive trees in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
According to local sources, dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Yair cut down 70 olive trees owned by a local resident in the Khillit al-Dabe hamlet of Masafer Yatta.
The settlers had also allowed their flock of sheep to roam freely on planted agricultural land, destroying the crops.
According to a report in the UK-based newspaper The Independent, rising settlers’ violence has raised concerns among activists about a coordinated campaign against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
This year’s (olive) harvest, which began in October, has seen an increase in attacks on Palestinian olive farms by Israeli settlers, with dozens of incidents reportedly recorded by Israeli authorities and documented by an Israeli rights group.
According to data compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), settlers have damaged or stolen the harvest from over 2,000 Palestinian-owned trees since the start of the olive harvest.
(Source / 09.12.2021)