Israeli settlers vandalize olive trees, attack herders in the West Bank

NABLUS/HEBRON, Saturday, Israeli settlers vandalized olive trees in the north of the West Bank and chased and attacked Palestinian herders in the south, according to activists.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement and settlers’ attacks in the north of the West Bank, said residents of Jaloud village, south of Nablus, where shocked when they reached their land this morning to see a number of olive trees, some of them hundreds of years old, have been sawed and vandalized.

He said the trees were located in lands close to the illegal Israeli settlement of Eish Kodesh.

In the south of the West Bank, settlers chased and attacked shepherds in an area east of Yatta as they were herding their sheep in the open fields, according to Rateb al-Jabour, coordinator of the popular and national committees in the south of Hebron.

The settlers were backed by soldiers, who claimed the shepherds were herding in what they alleged to be “state” land, he said.

Jabour also said that settlers apparently from the illegal Beni Hefer settlement, east of Hebron, have moved into two tents they had set up on land belonging to the village of Birin in a clear step to take over the land and establish a new illegal settlement outpost.

He said the settlers want to push the Palestinian residents of Birin out of their lands and homes in order to expand their settlement.


Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency