Saturday , October 23 2021

Pests of sabotage of olive trees Farmers of Palestine | News, Middle East


Palestinian farmer Mahmoud Abu Shinar examines two rows of cut olive trees, something he says has become a sadly familiar sight. He did not see who took a chainsaw to them at night, but blamed the residents of an Israeli settlement a few hundred yards away.

Some of the incidents are seen as attempts at revenge following Palestinian attacks on Israelis, even if the targeted farmers were not involved.

More than 7,000 trees belonging to Palestinians have been vandalized so far this year, according to the United Nations.

Just 10 meters away is an abandoned house painted with Hebrew graffiti, while the Israeli settlement of Har Brakha is on a hill.

Farmers said that two days earlier the settlers had run over and damaged the trees.

British woman Caroline, who declined to give her full name, said she has come every year for a decade to work with Palestinian communities near "particularly difficult settlements."

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