After setting fire to olive fields in West Bank village, Israeli settlers return to chop down trees

Posted on Sep 5, 2019

NABLUS, Thursday, September 05, 2019 (WAFA) – Extremist Israeli settlers last night chopped down Palestinian-owned olive trees in Burin village, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, only days after they set fire to other trees in the same fields, reported Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity.

He told WAFA that a number of settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar sneaked into the land in the village during the night and started to cut down the trees.

He pointed out that the settlers were riding motorcycles in the area, part of which has been seized by the settlers and planted with grape vines.

Palestinians often complain that settlers’ vandalism of Palestinian property and attacks against the civilian population is rampant in the occupied West Bank and often done under the eyes of the Israeli army.

Several Palestinians were killed, some burnt alive, in attacks by settlers and hundreds of dunums of land planted with olive and other trees were torched and destroyed by the settlers without anyone being detained or tried for their actions.

M.K.