On Sunday, illegal paramilitary Israeli colonizers invaded a Palestinian orchard in Deir Sharaf, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before cutting and breaking the branches of at least 155 olive trees.

Ghazi Antari said the colonizers invaded his orchards in the western area of the village before cutting and breaking his olive trees.

Antari added that his orchard is adjacent to the illegal Shavei Shomron illegal colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands.

He also said that the attack is the third of its kind in the last three years.

The colonizers constantly invade Palestinian lands across the occupied West Bank, cut and uproot trees, and install illegal colonialist outposts as part of their ongoing attempts to build and expand their colonies.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.