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Nablus farmers capture tree-chopping Israeli settler
Published Wednesday 05/03/2014 (updated) 07/03/2014 16:36
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian farmers on Wednesday detained an Israeli settler after they caught him chopping down olive trees in their fields in the northern West Bank, an official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the settler was caught destroying olive trees near the Nablus-district village of Talfit.

The farmers notified the Palestinian liaison department, who contacted their Israeli counterparts to arrange for the settler's release, Daghlas said.

In January, Palestinian farmers from the Nablus town of Qusra held some 18 settlers captive after they tried to uproot olive trees in the village.

The settlers were later transferred to Israeli military forces via Palestinian liaison officials.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank, and Israeli authorities rarely investigate 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 ) Rami / Palestine
05/03/2014 14:45
I hope he was given a few bruised ribs before he was driven back to the cushy confines of his luxurious settlement.

2 ) betz55 / USA
05/03/2014 16:46
His head covered like a coward. Ship him off to the Negev and let him wander in the desert for the next 40 years.

3 ) Dimi / Germany
05/03/2014 17:25
Why on earth Palestinians transfer the settlers to Israeli forces and not to the nearest Palestinian judge???

4 ) Mel / USA
05/03/2014 18:14
Thank goodness the Olive trees are STRONGER &more enduring than these racist,cowardly,Jewish-only colonists.Heck,the Olive trees are even stronger than the PASF who merely act as an Israeli proxy handing thugs like this BACK to Israel who'll just give him a shower,fresh clothes a BIGGER AXE & afree MIG & send him back to his RAVSHATZ to terrorize more Palestinians. "Liaison"?LOL!Is that a new polite term for Israeli collaborators?LOL.

5 ) Carlos / usa
05/03/2014 19:40
What is really sad about this situation is, if the settler had used the approved method to destroy Palestinian property he would have never been arrested. The settler was supposed to tell israeli soldiers so he would be escorted to the property! I am glad the settler was embarrased and roughed up a little at least. This shows how rational and humane the Palestinians are in the face of brutal israeli tyranny. Boycott israel.

6 ) ian / australia
06/03/2014 22:43
Of course, a real "incident" could be made out of this by prosecuting and sentencing the tree-chopping settler in a Palestinian court under Palestinian law, the crime having been committed against Palestinian property IN Palestine. Notifying security forces "to arrange for the settler's release" always seems pretty anti-climactic and an opportunity lost. (Given driving without a license can get Palestinians five months in gaol, IIRC, sentencing the clearly guilty tree-chopper could be equally

7 ) ian / australia
06/03/2014 22:43
(contd.) imaginative.)

8 ) Viva Palestine / Palestine
25/03/2014 12:39
Chicken settlers ... give them an unforgettable lesson for the rest of his filthy life. Down with the coward settlers. Settlers are just coward thieves. Long live Palestine.
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