Israel uproots Palestinian olive trees near Nablus


March 17, 2011

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli troops blocked off access to agricultural fields near the village of Beit Dajan on Wednesday, while bulldozers tore out dozens of olive trees from privately owned property, officials said.

The trees were uprooted and confiscated, deputy to the Nablus governor Anan At-Ateera told Ma’an.

“Dozens of olive trees from the At-Tyur area east of Beit Dajan were taken … residents were prevented from reaching the site,” At-Teera said.

The official called the incident “bizzare,” saying there was “no logical explanation” for the trees to have been uprooted, identifying them as belonging to Jamal Abu Kanaan from Beit Dajan.

Village council member Naser Abu Jeish said he considered the act a “blunt violation of Palestinian rights,” adding that there was “not even an Israeli settlement in the area,” referring to the common practice of taking down olive groves to facilitate Israeli military patrols around settlements.

A spokesman for Israel’s Civil Administration did not return calls seeking comment on the incident.


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