SALFIT, Saturday, February 05, 2022 (WAFA) – Hardline Israeli settlers today uprooted and vandalized some 25 olive saplings belonging to Palestinian farmers in the occupied West Bank province of Salfit, according to local sources.
Husam Samara, a Palestinian from Bruqin village in the province, told WAFA that as he entered his ranch on the outskirts of the village, he was shocked that that some 25 olive saplings had been shattered by Israeli settlers the previous night. He said he had planted the saplings about five years ago.
The incident came only a day after Israeli settlers uprooted and chopped off 90 olive saplings and trees for Palestinian farmers in the neighboring villages of Yasuf and Kafr al-Dik.
Of note, violence and vandalism by Israeli settlers are commonplace across the West Bank, and are rarely or never prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.
There are over 650,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law and consensus.