Israeli army uproots، seizes trees in central West Bank village
Wednesday 23/January/2019 - 08:58 AM
Israeli soldiers uprooted on Tuesday 60 olive trees in the central West Bank village of Jaba، east of Jerusalem، and seized them، according to the head of Jaba village council Musallam Dar Salim، WAFA reported.
He said the soldiers demolished retaining walls and fences built around a plot of land located near an Israeli military checkpoint and then proceeded to uproot the trees.
He said the army claims the area targeted is classified C، which means it is under full Israeli control and Palestinians are not allowed to develop it.
Some 4000 people live in Jaba، which saw most of its land taken away from it by Israel to build the illegal settlement of Adam and an Israeli shopping area، said Dar Salim.
Another report in WAFA indicated that Israeli settlers chopped on Tuesday hundreds of olive trees in the town of Beit Ummar in the south of the occupied West Bank، according to a local activist.
Yousef Abu Maria، active in the anti-settlements movement in the town، told WAFA that settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit Ein، built on Beit Ummar land، chopped hundreds of trees from plot of land that belongs to Ibrahim Talji، a local farmer، in the north of the town.
He said this was not the first time Beit Ein settlers vandalize Talji and other farmers’ land in that section of the town and every time the farmers replant the land، the settlers come back to uproot them.