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New war crimes in the West Bank

The West Bank in Israel is victim of new controversial and anti democratic actions against the Palestinians

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By Bruno Martino

The West Bank in Israel is victim of new controversial and anti democratic actions against the Palestinians. In fact the Israeli Government ordered the destruction of 1,000 trees in the Palestinian territories. Many Palestinian leaders are protesting against this unexpected act and want to preserve the flora and fauna in the area. According to The Independent a local citizen called Sabri Manasra said, “They didn’t leave me anything, this is damage no one will forget, not my children, or my children’s children. It’s damage to our heart. I don’t understand how people can do this”[1].


Some Israeli military vehicles invaded this agricultural land in the West Bank and used force and violence against local civilians. The Israeli officials said that this operation was made, because that land was owned by the State and cannot be managed by local farmers. The Israeli authorities declared “today was carried out the eviction of an illegal invasion of around 1,000 olive trees planted illegally without permits on state land in Wadi Fukin”[2]. The Palestinian civilians suppose that this action is illegal and offend human dignity. Moreover this area is very poor and survives through an agricultural economy. According to Press TV the Israeli actions were much more aggressive and authoritarian than expected. In fact “Israeli troops raided nearly five acres of land in Ein al-Hawyeh area in Husan, west of Bethlehem, and chopped down the saplings”[3].


There are other controversial aspects related to this story. It seems that some Israeli settlers usually use violence to invade these territories. Again according to Press TV they “regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank under the so-called price tag policy”[4]. Moreover the international outrage was so strong that a Norwegian company “excluded two cement companies from its investment portfolio over their business in the West Bank”[5]. This company made this action as an act of protest against the military policy of Israel. In fact one of its managers wrote a letter where he openly condemned the violent and outrageous actions against civilians in the West Bank.

[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-accused-of-war-crime-over-bulldozing-of-palestinian-olive-groves-10321936.html

[2] Ibidem.

[3] http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/06/16/416090/Palestine-Israel-olive-trees-West-Bank-Bethlehem

[4] Ibidem.

[5] http://www.timesofisrael.com/norwegian-company-dumps-investment-in-2-firms-over-west-bank-dealings/