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1200 Palestinian Olive Trees Destroyed By Israeli Terrorists On Saturday

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Saturday destroyed more than 1,000 olive trees near the village of al-Shuyukh north of Hebron, in the third such attack on the villagers’ livelihood in recent memory.

Local activist Ahmad al-Halayqa told Ma’an that Israelis from the nearby settlement of Asfar, also known as Metzad, attacked the village and destroyed 1,200 trees.

He said that all of the destroyed trees had been recently planted following a similar attack by individuals from the same settlement which had destroyed trees in the area last month.

He said that the trees in the area belonged to local Palestinian farmer, Muhammad Abu Shanab al-Ayaydah as well as the children of Abd al-Qader Abu Shanab al-Ayaydah and Mousa Abu Shanab al-Ayayadah.

Al-Halayqa told Ma’an that the settlement of Asfar is located on land confiscated by Israeli authorities from Palestinian residents of al-Shuyukh, and now they hope to expand the land under their control by taking over the area where the olive trees were targeted.

Attacks on olive trees are a key way that Palestinians are forced out of their homes and their lands confiscated for settlement construction, as the loss of a year’s crop can signal destitution for many.

If attacks are frequent enough that Palestinians can no longer access their trees regularly, meanwhile, settlers can argue that Palestinians have abandoned the properties and thus take possession of them as well.

Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank is systematic and ignored by Israeli authorities, who rarely intervene in the violent attacks or prosecute the perpetrators.

The were 324 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2014, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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Israeli Terrorists Uproot A Hundred Palestinian Olive Saplings in Hebron

HEBRON, February 25, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers uprooted Wednesday a hundred olive saplings recently-planted in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, said a local activist organization.

According to the Palestinian Voluntary Action Commission, settlers from the illegal settlement outpost of Beit Hadassa stormed a Palestinian land that was planted with a hundred olive saplings near Qurtuba School.

Settlers destroyed the fence surrounding the land and proceeded to uproot a hundred olive saplings that were planted by Palestinian activists three weeks ago as part of a campaign to plant one million trees on land facing seizure in Hebron.

The campaign intended to help Palestinian farmers maintain ownership of their farmlands threatened by Israeli annexation and replant tree seedlings on damaged land.


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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain Palestinian Official During Tree Planting Demo

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday detained the president of the Palestinian Authority’s committee against the separation wall and settlements while he was planting trees near Ramallah, witnesses told Ma’an.

The sources said Jamil al-Barghouthi was arrested while taking part in a tree planting demonstration in Silwad on land that is under threat of Israeli confiscation.

They said Israeli forces assaulted al-Barghouthi and other participants in the activity before making the arrest.

The soldiers also detained the man’s escort, Iyad al-Barghouthi.

In December, President Mahmoud Abbas appointed al-Barghouthi to replace Ziad Abu Ein as the head of the PA committee against the separation wall and settlements.

Abu Ein died after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers during a tree planting demonstration in the village of Turmusayya in the Ramallah district on Dec. 10.

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Headlines From Palestine: February 7, 2015

West Bank and Occupied Lands

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Palestine’s Environmental Authority Warns Against Israeli Toxic Waste Dumping

The Palestinian Environment Quality Authority on Saturday said that any individual found responsible for exporting hazardous waste from Israel to Palestinian lands will be sentenced to lifetime imprisonment and hard labor.

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Political Arrests and Prisoners

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Group: 13 Palestinians Detained By Israeli Occupation EVERY SINGLE DAY

Israeli authorities detained 400 Palestinians in the month of January, or around 13 per day, an Arab rights group has said.

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Israeli Occupation Court Frees Innocent 16 Year Old Palestinian After 6 Months In Prison

An Israeli central court has released a 16-year-old Palestinian boy after finding him innocent after six months in custody without having served trial.

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Prisoner From Gaza Not Allowed To See Family for 5 1/2 Years Released By Israeli Occupation

Israeli authorities on Friday released a Palestinian prisoner from the Gaza Strip who spent eight years in Israeli jails, family told Ma’an.

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Palestine’s Environmental Authority Warns Against Israeli Toxic Waste Dumping

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Environment Quality Authority on Saturday said that any individual found responsible for exporting hazardous waste from Israel to Palestinian lands will be sentenced to lifetime imprisonment and hard labor.The statement comes amid increasing concern over Israeli companies dumping toxic materials in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank, with implicit Israeli government support and the use of local Palestinian collaborators.

The statement said that the Environment Quality Authority, also known as the Ministry of Environmental Affairs, is attempting to put an end to all forms of Israeli violations against the Palestinian environment.

The authority called upon Palestinians to cooperate with the authority in order to support its push for a safe and clean environment for all.

The statement comes in response to the recent discovery by customs police of a truck carrying Israeli asbestos waste to dump in Tulkarem.

Israeli businesses located in Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank regularly dump their waste in rivers or in public areas that flow down and negatively affect the environment of nearby Palestinian villages.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that settlements are generally located on hills above pre-existing towns.

While Israeli authorities enforce relatively restrictive laws against destruction of the environment inside Israel, many factories have moved to West Bank settlements because the authorities there are lax in enforcement and Palestinian authorities are helpless to stop them.