SALFIT, Saturday, February 12, 2022 (WAFA) – Hardline Israeli settlers today uprooted or chopped off 80 olive saplings and trees for Palestinian farmers in the occupied West Bank province of Salfit, according to local sources.
Witnesses told WAFA that settlers uprooted and chopped off nearly 80 olive saplings belonging to local Palestinian citizens from the village of Yasuf. The incident occurred only hours after a similar attack by Israeli settlers in the town of Surif, south of the occupied West Bank.
Although violence and vandalism by Israeli settlers are commonplace throughout the year, attacks and acts of vandalism by Israeli settlers intensified during the past three months across the occupied West Bank, especially in the north of the territory.
Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely 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.