Duma, Nablus District: Settlers attack Palestinian vehicle with stones
Muhammad Rubo’a (27) is an accountant who lives in the village of Sir, east of Qalqiliyah, and works in Jericho. On Thursday evening, 25 June 2020, he was driving home via Route 458 when he reached the Duma junction. He noticed a car stopped on the other side of the road and three people standing behind it. When Rubo’a continued driving, two of them ran towards him and the third threw a large stone at his car, hitting the left rear windshield.
Rubo’a braked hard in fright and hit his head against the steering wheel. He then drove on about eight kilometers until he got to the ‘Aqraba junction, where he stopped.
Palestinians passing by noticed the bleeding man and called for an ambulance, which took him to Rafidia hospital in Nablus. Rubo'a was examined and discharged, and members of his family went to the junction to pick up his car.
Haris, Salfit District: Settlers uproot almost 150 olive trees and bury them in the ground. Amjad Sultan: “We’re exhausted from the effort to hold on to our land”
The damage was discovered on Monday. Two residents of Haris, brothers Ihab (40) and Amjad (46) Sultan, went to their farmland in the Khallet Abu al-'Ula area and found that almost 150 of their olive trees had vanished.
The brothers’ olive grove stretches across 42 dunams [1 dunam = 1,000 sq. meters]. Apart from the 10-year-old trees that disappeared, they have another 300 trees that are 40 years old. The plot lies on the western side of the town, just by the main road (Route 505).
In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Salma a-Deb’i, Amjad Sultan described the incident:
My brother informed me there were trees missing, and I rushed to our land. I couldn’t understand how 150 olive trees that had been there for 10 years could suddenly disappear! Our grove has about 300 olive trees that my father, God rest his soul, planted in 1980. Ten years ago, we planted another 150. We go there almost every day to tend to the trees.
We looked for the trees and found them buried in the ground.
I called the Israel Police and officers arrived after half an hour. They said the grove was visibly damaged. A Civil Administration official who came with police officers and soldiers told me to contact the Palestinian DCO. It was clear that they didn’t want to handle the case.
We're exhausted from the effort to hold on to our land and work it – because we’ve been struggling for 10 years. In the first three years after you plant the trees, you need to water them a lot. We would bring the water with us by car. We worked hard so the grove would flourish.
Every time, the settlement guard from Revava would arrive and demand our permit to be on our land. We ignored him, but sometimes the settlers would come and steal the barrels protecting the trees. When we demanded that they give them back, they sometimes did. We never imagined they would go this far, uprooting our trees and burying them.