A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands beside an olive tree after it was cut down
A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands beside an olive tree after it was cut down in the West Bank village of Litwane, January 6, 2006 near the Jewish settlement of Ma'on. Photo by Reuters
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A Palestinian farmer said that a group of vandals from an Israeli settlement in the West Bank damaged dozens of olive trees as the annual harvest of the important crop began.

Yasser Fukha said Saturday that 129 trees were destroyed. He said he saw residents of the nearby settlement Shavei Shomron driving near the farm and later found trees uprooted and damaged.

The incident came at the start of the 40-day olive harvest. For Palestinians the crop is more than a fruit to be consumed or sold, they view it as a symbol of their connection to the land. Every year they say settlers target their trees.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police are looking into the report. The military said forces were sent to the scene to investigate.