More than 100 olive trees uprooted in West Bank, Palestinians report
Palestinian Authority complains that settler aggression, specifically destruction of olive trees and groves, has increased in recent weeks, as the harvest season started.
Palestinians reported Saturday that more than 100 olive trees were uprooted in the Krayot village, south of Nablus in the West Bank. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in this area of the West Bank on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, blamed settlers from the settlement Ali.
The Palestinian Authority said that settler aggression and vandalism, specifically the destruction of olive trees and groves, has increased in recent weeks, as the harvest season started.
Nablus District Governor Jibrin al-Bakri called on human rights organizations and the international community to take action in order to prevent the recurrence of such acts. Palestinian Agriculture Minister Walid Assaf said his ministry would compensate Palestinian farmers for their groves through a special fund established for this reason. He added that settler aggression keeps recurring with total impunity.
Speaking about the settlements on Saturday, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told a Ramallah radio station that the Palestinian Authority expects the U.S. to pressure Jerusalem to stop building beyond the Green Line.