Israeli settlers uproot 750 olive saplings near Nablus

Israeli settlers Wednesday uprooted about 750 olive saplings and stole them from Palestinian-owned lands in the village of Burqa, west of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlements in the northern West Bank, said that settlers damaged a fence surrounding lands owned by Abdulnaser Hajji in Burqa, a town on the road linking Nablus and Jenin.

He said that the settlers uprooted 750 olive saplings and stole them.

Extremist Israeli settlers’ violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

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