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Israeli settlers uproot dozens of olive trees, raze land in West Bank

Oct. 14, 2018 12:19 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2018 1:23 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of olive saplings, on Sunday, and stole olive harvest from Palestinian lands in the Tell village, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

According to Palestinian locals, Israeli settlers stormed the Tell village lands and uprooted more than 50 olive saplings and trees, as well as stole the olive harvest off of another 50 trees.

Reportedly, the Israeli settlers who uprooted the olive trees are from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Havat Gilad.

For hundreds of Palestinian families, olive trees are the main source of income, however when harvest season approaches, Israeli settlers target Palestinian lands and cause severe economic damages.

Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Israeli settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist settlers.

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.

In addition, Israeli settlers razed a Palestinian-owned land near the Wad Rahhal village in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.

Sources said that dozens of Israeli settlers razed the land, in order to open a bypass road linking two illegal Israeli settlements of Efrat and Givat Eitam, which would serve only Israeli settlers.

In 2016, the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, condemned the Israeli government plan which declared that the “allocation of a small portion of lands in the area for the purpose of a road, will enable to connect the settlement of Givat Eitam to the settlement of Efrat.”

A number of Palestinian activists have criticized the two-state solution as unsustainable and unlikely to bring durable peace, proposing instead a binational state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.

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