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Committee: Settlers destroy 250 olive trees near Ramallah
Published Wednesday 10/10/2012 (updated) 11/10/2012 20:05
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Settler attacks often increase around the time of the olive harvest
season as settlers target olive trees and agricultural land.
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed over 250 olive trees in a Ramallah village on Wednesday, a local agricultural committee said.

Jewish extremists from nearby Shilo settlement entered the area and cut down the trees in al-Mughayyir village, the committee added.

Attacks increase around the time of the olive harvest season as settlers target olive trees and agricultural land.

On Tuesday, Jewish extremists cut down over 120 olive trees on private Palestinian land in Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.

On Sunday, a group of settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the Ramallah town of Beitillu, burning dozens of olive trees, while settlers uprooted around 40 olive trees in the nearby Ramallah village of Ras Karkar.

On Friday, settlers destroyed 100 newly-planted olive saplings and at least 60 vine trees on private Palestinian land in Al-Khader village near Bethlehem.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs reported that over 2,500 olive trees were destroyed in September 2011, and 7,500 throughout 2011.

Settler attacks on Palestinian communities and their property are systematic and rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

In Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority threw its support behind the annual harvest.

It called for "immediate protection for our people" and held the Israeli government fully responsible for the escalation of "settler terrorism against our people, their property, and sources of income."
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1 ) traducteur / Canada
10/10/2012 23:53
Palestinian olive oil is available here. As always, the Zionists can cause immense suffering, but they cannot strangle the Palestinian people. Their days are numbered.

2 ) Tobias / USA
11/10/2012 02:45
1- It is time to BLOCKADE all of AREAS A & B, just like Gaza, so that the destroying of trees, building without permits, rock-throwings, stabbings, and other methods of bloodshed largely stops, AND 2- THEN ISRAEL SHOULD JUST WAIT until the PLO either: -a- Reaccepts Negotiations & Compromise, as their only way to statehood, or -b- the PLO goes completely bankrupt !!!!

3 ) shirley / australia
11/10/2012 12:28
this is why no longer wait PA must go now to UNGA and if not PA then PLO not PLO controlled by PA this racism and cruelty burnt earth policy palestinians becoming tired and ordinary people helping replace these trees not govs
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