Israeli Jewish settlers cut on Sunday 60 olive trees in Palestinian farms in the village of Al-Sawiya, to the south of occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, a local anti-settlement activist, said that the Israeli Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Rahalim broke into Palestinian-owned groves in the village.
The settlers, Daghlas added, chopped off over 60 trees which belonged to three Palestinian villagers from Al-Sawiya.
Ever since the start of this year’s olive harvest season, a main source of livelihood of thousands of Palestinian families in the countryside, Israeli settlers carried out hundreds of attacks targeting this vital sector.
The cruellest attack occurred on the morning of October 16 when more than 30 settlers, masked and armed, attacked Palestinian farmers and foreign volunteers in Burin, north of the West Bank, injuring three of them, one seriously.
Settler violence is commonplace across the occupied West Bank, which mainly increases during the olive harvest season, and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities as the Palestinian Authority has no jurisdiction over Israeli settlers.
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