Some 100 Trees Cut Down in Palestinian West Bank Village

Dozens of trees can be seen lying beside their stumps in groves east of Ramallah. Police open investigation into incident

Yotam Berger
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The olive trees cut down in Mikhmas in the West Bank.
The olive trees cut down in Mikhmas in the West Bank. Credit: Residents of Mikhmas
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Mikhmas have reported that around 100 olive trees from their groves have been cut down. The residents have filed a complaint with the police, and an investigation has been opened.

The residents reported the incident to organization Yesh Din, saying that the damage was first discovered last Thursday morning when they arrived at the site to work. Mikhmas is situated east of Ramallah, near the settlement of Ma’aleh Mikhmash.

Dozens of trees that have been torn down can be seen lying beside the stumps that remain the in the ground in pictures of the groves.

Last month, Haaretz received testimonies indicating that settlers in the northern Jordan Valley were preventing Palestinians from shepherding their flock and harming the sheep. A week earlier, three settlers from a different outpost prevented three other Palestinians from shepherding their flock in the area, even though it's an area where they regularly take their flock to graze.

In February, Haaretz reported that despite a High Court of Justice ruling, the IDF doesn’t allow Palestinian farmers north of Ramallah to work their fields and that the farmers can't enter the lands they own for fear of settler violence.