On Tuesday, illegal Israeli colonizers invaded a Palestinian orchard near Salfit, in the central West Bank, and cut at least fourteen olive trees.

Rajeh Atyani, a local farmer, said the colonizers invaded an orchard in the Al-Mahawer area, southeast of Yasuf village, east of Salfit, and cut fourteen olive trees.

He added that the invaded orchard is near the illegal Rahalim colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands.

The colonizers repeatedly invade Palestinian lands and orchards in the area, cutting and uprooting trees and attacking the locals.

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.”

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