Maan News Agency: Erekat: Settlers have Israeli authorities’ full cooperation

Published today (updated) 27/10/2010 14:02



Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks at a conference at An-Najah

University in the West Bank city of Nablus March 6, 2008.

[MaanImages/Rami Swidan]

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat “strongly condemned” on Wednesday a flood of raw sewage that destroyed a Palestinian olive grove in the near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, which Israeli settlers are suspected of perpetrating.

Residents in the village of Deir Al-Hatab said 660 olive trees were poisoned by the sewage by runoff from a factory in the illegal Elon Moreh settlement on Tuesday.

“This is yet another example of the nonchalance of and full cooperation of Israeli authorities in the face of violence by settlers and extremists against Palestinian civilians,” Erekat, calling on the international community to immediately intervene and stop the daily aggressions by Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Settlers denied involvement in the incident and blamed poor local sewage systems in nearby Palestinian villages.

Gershon Mesika, director of the settlers’ Shomron Regional Council and resident of Elon Moreh settlement, said: “The true culprits of this environmental vandalism, spilling raw sewage into the environment in the area, are the residents of neighboring Arab villages who lack purifying systems.”

Erekat added: “Settler attacks against Palestinian civilians show the real face of the Israeli colonization process. With more settlement construction the Israeli government is rewarding the most extremist segments of their society.’’

via Maan News Agency: Erekat: Settlers have Israeli authorities’ full cooperation.

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