Olive Trees Chopped Down in Suspected Jewish Hate Crime

'Death to Arabs' and 'Revenge' scrawled on boulders near the grove

Damaged trees in the West Bank village of A-Tawani, January 8, 2019
Nasser Nawaj'ah, B'Tselem

Some 15 olive trees were cut down in the southern West Bank Tuesday in a suspected hate crime. On nearby boulders the unknown assailants scrawled "Revenge" and "Death to Arabs."

Police has launched an investigation into the incident, which occurred in the Palestinian village of A-Tawani.

'Revenge' written on a rock in the West Bank village of A-Tawani, January 8, 2019
Nasser Nawaj'ah, B'Tselem

As reported earlier this week, last year saw a steep rise in “nationalist crimes,” violence and property damage by Jews against Palestinians in the West Bank. As of mid-December, 482 such incidents had been reported, compared to 140 for 2017.

Violence by settlers and right-wing activists included beating up and throwing stones at Palestinians. More frequently, the offenses consisted of painting nationalist and anti-Arab or anti-Muslim slogans, damaging homes and cars and cutting down trees belonging to Palestinian farmers.