Israeli settlers uproot 350 grape vines south of Bethlehem
Published Saturday 05/04/2014 (updated) 07/04/2014 10:13
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Saturday uprooted 350 grape vines in the village of al-Khadr south of Bethlehem, a local popular committee spokesman said.
Ahmad Salah said settlers destroyed 200 vines that were four years old and another 150 that were planted only two months earlier.
The settlers also stole metal stakes used to support the vines, Salah said.
On Friday, settlers destroyed over 300 newly planted grape vines in the same village.
In 2013, there were 399 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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.