Israeli settlers uprooted 150 olive saplings and fruitful trees in the town of Adh-Dhahiriya, located south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, on Saturday afternoon, July 22, 2023.
Local sources reported that dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of “Tina,” which was forcibly established on lands belonging to Adh-Dhahiriya families, uprooted 150 two-year-old olive saplings and numerous fruitful trees owned by the Palestinian citizen, Issa Al-Batat.
Since the beginning of 2023 until July 4th, there have been a total of 525 settler attacks in the West Bank, according to data from the United Nations. Out of these, 137 attacks resulted in injuries to Palestinians, while 388 attacks caused damage to their properties.
Settler violence and attacks against Palestinian lands and properties have been a persistent and ongoing issue in the occupied West Bank, causing significant harm and destruction to Palestinian communities and livelihoods.
Israeli settlers routinely practice ecological apartheid through various forms of discriminatory actions against Palestinian lands and natural resources.
These include the confiscation of Palestinian land for settlement expansion, the destruction of Palestinian agricultural lands and natural resources, and the establishment of segregated infrastructure that favors Israeli settlers while depriving Palestinians of their ecological rights.