Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees on Saturday in the Palestinian village of Arraba in the northern occupied area of the West Bank of Jenin.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees on Saturday in the Palestinian village of Arraba in the northern occupied territory of the West Bank of Jenin.
Local residents said that Israeli settlers have tapped dozens of Palestinian olive trees, more than 15 years old, and then fled the area.
Sources confirmed that the trees belong to a place identified as Nazmi Duhaidi.
Damage still has to be counted.
In April, the Shin Bet, the Israeli internal intelligence agency, reported a spike in Israeli hate crimes against Palestinians in 2018.
According to the report, there were 13 attacks in the first four months of this year – more than in 2017, when the office only recorded eight attacks – although Palestinians indicate the number much higher.
According to the Office of the United Nations for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.
Many Palestinian activists and right-wing groups have accused Israel of promoting a "culture of impunity" for Israelis who take violent action against Palestinians.
Known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent retaliatory actions against Palestinians and their possessions to demonstrate their opposition to the Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts on the occupied West Bank.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of expansion of settlements that bring about condemnation of the international community.