Jewish settlers attacked today Palestinian farmers while working in their own farms near the village of Deir Sharaf, to the west of Nablus City in the northern occupied West Bank, according to local sources.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that a group of Jewish settlers chased Palestinian farmers while working in their farms in preparation for the annual olive harvest, in attempt to force them to leave.
Israeli settlers, w/ IDF complicity, have destroyed over 800,000 olive trees since 1967. Settlers – often guarded or assisted by Israeli military – destroy trees & equipment, steal large quantities of olives, kill livestock, & attack Palestinian farmers. 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/LtVJ5IStlc
— Rawan Nassar 🇵🇸✌ (@RawanNassar13) September 24, 2019
He said another group of settlers later broke into the farms and stole a large number of immature olives before leaving.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
This violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
Over 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
(Wafa, PC, Social Media)