The Arabs48 news website has reported that a family from al-Tiwani village, in Hebron, lodged a complaint with an Israeli court against Israeli settlers for uprooting their orchard, and that the court ruled the Palestinians responsible for ânot fencing their orchardâ.The orchard is located near the illegal Israeli settlements of Maâon and Havat Maâon, built on Palestinian lands.
Israeli daily, Haaretz, said that the court told the al-âAmour family that they âshould have fenced their landâ.
In 2006, settlers uprooted 120 olive trees, and one tree in 2011, in addition to cutting down half of the family’s olive orchard on October 9 2013, and writing âPrice Tagâ graffiti.
Ten days after the latest attack, the family, represented by an Israeli lawyer, asked the head of the Civil Administration Office, run by the Israeli armed forces in the occupied West Bank, demanding him to detail the measures taken to prevent another attack, basing their demand on a ruling by the Israeli High Court, in 2006, âobligingâ the army to protect private Palestinian property.
Head of the Civil Administration Office said that Colonel Ronny Levin is handling the event, as he is in charge of overseeing complaints, despite the fact that he failed to respond to two complaints sent by the lawyer.
In June of this year, the lawyer decided to lodge a complaint against the state, demanding Israel to pay 65.840 New Israeli Shekels in damages.
However, Israel decided to blame the Palestinians for âfailing to fence its orchardâ, and failed to order the military to act against the settlers responsible for these attacks.