Jewish settlers uprooted dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees, on Wednesday, in the village of Turmusayya north of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.
Locals said that Jewish settlers from the illegal settlements of Adi Ad and Amichai, which were illegally built on lands belonging to the residents of Turmusayya village, uprooted 40 olive trees.
Israeli settlers break onto private Palestinian land & set 200 olive trees alight destroying the harvest leaving owners bereft https://t.co/zipj80EWPz
— Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) September 14, 2018
Sources confirmed that the uprooted olive trees belonged to local Mahmoud al-Araj.
Jewish settlers constantly harass Palestinian farmers and residents in the village, in an attempt to force them out of their lands, as part of an Israeli plan to expand illegal settlements nearby.
— Saif Bitar (@BitarSaif) September 15, 2018
For hundreds of Palestinian families, olive trees are the main source of income, however, when harvest season approaches, Jewish settlers target Palestinian lands and cause severe economic damages.
Israeli settlers destroyed more than 100 olive trees owned by Palestinian villagers. pic.twitter.com/wkLughbUXh
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) January 15, 2018
According to a report by Israeli NGO B’Tselem, Jewish settlers’ vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities.
(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)