Settlers Suspected of Cutting Down 120 Palestinian Olive Trees

Village of Burin adjacent to settlement of Yitzhar; 1,000 Palestinian olive trees reportedly cut down since May.

Some 120 olive trees were cut down Sunday from a field in the Palestinian village of Burin, south of Nablus. The trees were between 20 and 30 years old.

The perpetrators are unknown, but signs point to residents of the adjacent settlement of Yitzhar, who have been known to harass their Palestinian neighbors.

Six incidents were registered last month, in which a total of 1,000 Palestinian olive trees were cut down. In one incident, residents of the village of Salaam discovered 200 of their trees chopped down. The village has lost 900 trees since May 2005.

Since April 2005, 15 complaints were submitted through "Yesh Din," a human rights volunteer organization, regarding damage by settlers or other Israelis inflicted on Palestinian fields in the West Bank.