Uprooted olive tree (archive image)

Israeli soldiers, on Tuesday, uprooted 60 olive trees in the central West Bank village of Jaba, to the east of Jerusalem, and taking possession them, according to the head of Jaba village council, Musallam Dar Salim.

He said, according to WAFA correspondence, that the soldiers demolished retaining walls and fences built around a plot of land located near an Israeli military checkpoint and then proceeded to uproot the trees.

He said the army claims the area targeted is classified “C”, which means it is under full Israeli control and Palestinians are not allowed to develop it.

Some 4,000 people live in Jaba, which has seen most of its land taken away from it, by Israel, to build the illegal settlement of Adam and an Israeli shopping area, said Dar Salim.

Israeli settlers, on Tuesday, chopped down hundreds of olive trees in the town of Beit Ummar, in the south of the occupied West Bank, according to a local activist.

Yousef Abu Maria, active in the anti-settlements movement in the town, said that settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit Ein, built on Beit Ummar land, chopped hundreds of trees from a plot of land belonging to Ibrahim Talji, a local farmer in the north of the town.

He said this was not the first time Beit Ein settlers have vandalized Talji and other farmers’ land in that section of the town, and that every time the farmers replant the land, the settlers come back to uproot them.

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Updated from: 01/23/19 Illegal Colonists Cut Hundreds of Olive Trees Near Hebron