Dozens of Palestinians farmers living adjacent to the Israeli Wall in Jenin have been issued warnings saying that Israeli forces will soon come to uproot hundreds of olive trees on their land. The Israeli military claims that the action is for security purposes.
Officials from the Center Against the Wall in Jenin told PNN that Israeli soldiers have been intercepting farmers and preventing them from entering their lands for the past week.
The center said that the Israeli army distributed leaflets in Arabic, signed by army officials, declaring its decision to uproot olive trees that have thrived on the land for decades, if not longer.
A spokesman for the center expressed his concern that the decision will stifle the way of life of the Palestinian people and lead to increased rates of poverty and unemployment, particularly for the hundreds of families in the farming community.
The center appealed to international humanitarian institutions to respond to the unjust action, noting that the uprooting of trees is a flagrant violation of international law and norms.