On Thursday, The Israeli Police arrested two Israeli youths suspected of cutting down 120 grapevines which belonged to a Palestinian farmer close to the Givat Hasrina settlement, in the West Bank city of Hebron.
The youths, both 17, who came form Be’er Shiva and Alon Shvut, were arrested in Hebron after bragging to Israeli police officers that they had cut the grapevines of the Palestinian residents.
Recently, Israeli Yesh Din organization filed 15 complaints to the Israeli police against Israelis for sabotaging Palestinian crops since April 2005.
The latest attack was carried out in Salem village, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Sunday.
Some 200 olive trees were cut down, by an extremist settlers group; the attack came only a day after the Kibbutz Movement sent volunteers to help the Palestinian farmers whose groves had been attacked earlier, and sabotaged by settlers.
Palestinian eyewitnesses in Salem village reported that said they saw two settlers with chain saws cutting the trees overnight.
“One of the settlers was wearing khaki trousers and carrying a rifle”, eyewitness added.