SALFIT, Monday, December 5, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today uprooted at least 30 olive saplings belonging to a Palestinian resident in the town of Qarawet Bani Hasan to the west of Salfit, according to the owner.
The owner, Ammar Mer’i, told WAFA a group of settlers uprooted around 30 olive saplings from his privately-owned land located to the northeast of the said town.
Israeli forces earlier today chopped down forest trees planted alongside the road linking the towns of Haris and Deir Istiya, northwest of Salfit.
"Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation. Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinian casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property. In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks," said the Israeli information center for human rights in occupied territories, B’Tselem.
"Investigations, if even opened, are usually closed with no action taken against perpetrators as part of an undeclared policy of leniency. The long-term effect of this violence is the dispossession of Palestinians from increasing parts of the West Bank, making it easier for Israel to take over land and resources," said B'Tselem.