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Settlers uproot more than 1,000 olive saplings near Ramallah
Published Sunday 02/02/2014 (updated) 05/02/2014 22:44
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Jewish settlers on Sunday vandalized private Palestinian agricultural lands north of Ramallah and uprooted more than 1000 olive trees and newly planted saplings, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from the Shilo settlement uprooted more than 1000 saplings in the village of Sinjil north of Ramallah.

He highlighted that the attack was the second of its kind in a week.

The trees were planted three years ago as part of a project funded by the International Red Cross Committee.

In 2012, there were 353 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Settler regularly target Palestinian olive trees for attack.

Over 90 percent of investigations into settler violence by Israeli police fail to lead to an indictment.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Maisie / UK
02/02/2014 18:17
Nice work, you fascists. What is one to think when today Israel announced loosening the import/export of essential items, among them olive oil which unfortunately must come from trees.Although the article doesn't mention protection of the terrorists aka settler thugs by the IOF as is often the case, we must assume this destruction has their tacit approval. The entire government is schizoid, keeping in mind all schizophrenics are not venal, proving zionists are redefining malevolence.

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
02/02/2014 21:41
And people wonder why nobody wants settlers ( as such) in their backyards.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/02/2014 00:11
Maybe Kerry could propose a program where the US plants trees in a reserve so the settlers can go and pull them up. An actor could be hired to come onto the site periodically and wail and pretend to be a heart-broken Palestinian peasant. That way the Zionists could feel they were continuing to do the good work -- and the actual Palestinian peasants could be left in peace.

4 ) Malone / Hfx
03/02/2014 21:29
#3...no need to hire an actor,they're all natural born actors,trained right from the cradle.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/02/2014 11:46
Logically, at some point Brian Cohen should show up and berate me about all the trees that get cut down in America.

6 ) wayne / NZ
09/02/2014 00:05
If this is not terrorism, what is Roll on April and the ICC, Its time these settlers were removed for good
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