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Settlers destroy over 150 olive trees near Bethlehem
Published Tuesday 11/02/2014 (updated) 12/02/2014 21:34
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Settlers cut down 150 olive trees in the Bethlehem-area village of al-Khader on Tuesday, land owners said.

One of the owners, Muhammad Shawqi al-Zayyah, told Ma'an that settlers destroyed around 150 olive trees that his family planted two years ago.

Several vines were also cut down.

The fields are located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Neve Daniel and a nearby outpost called Sde Boaz.

The settlers there are led by a Jewish extremist known as Hananiya, who runs an illegal outpost nearby on eight dunams (two acres) of private Palestinian land.

Israeli authorities rarely investigate violent crimes carried out by settlers against Palestinian communities.

Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority and the Applied Research Institute -- Jerusalem.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.
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1 ) Joop / Netherlands
12/02/2014 02:18
This all has to be compensated.

2 ) resolution242.co.uk / UK
12/02/2014 03:26
This is terrible news, I'm so sorry to hear. How can we do more in the UK to help those in Palestine who are besieged by illegal and immoral occupiers?

3 ) I.W.B. 34 I.B.P. / USA
12/02/2014 15:16
An eye 4 an eye & a tooth 4 a tooth is the only solution .

4 ) Sam / Isle of Skye
12/02/2014 19:38
@3: Your suggestion is also called 'Tit for Tat' or 'terrorism', depends which side of the fence you happen to be sitting on at the time.

5 ) Ed Crouch / United States
18/02/2014 03:13
ARSON An evening breeze whispers through the ripe olive grove, “Ashes to ashes.” Magnificent, thick, twisted trunks, rooted in poor soil, withstanding drought for centuries, are ignited by settlers, and leave crackling torches in the night, incinerating an entire crop - tended for generations - forever!
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