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Israeli settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in Jenin

Aug. 18, 2018 1:35 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 3:46 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees in the Palestinian village of Arraba in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin, on Saturday.

Locals said that Israeli settlers cut down dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees, that are over 15-years-old, and fled the area afterwards.

Sources confirmed that the trees belong to a local identified as Nazmi Duhaidi.

Damages have yet to be counted.

In April, the Shin Bet, Israel's internal intelligence agency, reported a spike in Israeli hate crimes against Palestinians in 2018.

According to the report, there were 13 attacks in the first four months of this year - more than in the whole of 2017, when the agency recorded only eight attacks -- though Palestinians report the number to be much higher.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a "culture of impunity" for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

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, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

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