PA official: Settlers destroy over 100 olive trees in Nablus

12:00 Mar 8 2013 As-Sawiya

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers uprooted over 100 olive trees south of Nablus on Friday, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that settlers from Rechalim destroyed at least 120 olive trees in the nearby Palestinian village of As-Sawiya.

The trees belonged to Muhammad Jazi and Hamdi Jazi.

"This is the second time that settlers uproot my olive trees in the last two years," Muhammad told Ma'an.

The settlers also wrote racist slogans in Hebrew over water barrels in the village, and sprayed the word "punishment," he added.

Senior DFLP leader Qais Abdel Karim, or Abu Leila, condemned the attack.

"We need to stand by our people before they demolish all their land and plants. They don't have the right to do this and they are doing so to make villagers leave their lands," he told Ma'an.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine and rarely prosecuted by Israel's legal system.
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