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While millions of people in Israel and the West Bank are under lockdown, state-backed settler violence continues unabated. Settlers are attacking Palestinian shepherds in pastureland and entering villages, attacking residents and destroying their property. Despite the coronavirus crisis, the escalated violence has continued in recent weeks.

March 2021

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An engineering tool sweeps the ground in the land of Nu'man Samhan, Ras Karkar, 17.3.2021. Photo: Courtesy of the witness
An engineering tool sweeps the ground in the land of Nu'man Samhan, Ras Karkar, 17.3.2021. Photo: Courtesy of the witness

Ras Karkar, Ramallah District: Settlers rake farmer’s land, uproot mature olive trees and sabotage well

On the morning of 17 March 2021, farmer Nu’man Samhan (65), a father of one, discovered that settlers had raked five dunams [1 dunam = 1,000 sq. meters] of his land, uprooted 15 olive trees that were about 50 years old and damaged a well there.

The settlement outpost of Zayit Ra’anan was established near the plot, which is surrounded by the outpost fence. The military only allows Samhan to access his plot twice a year, during the plowing and harvest seasons, and only after prior coordination with the Israeli DCO.

Last year, on 9 September 2020, Samhan discovered that settlers had raked parts of his land and damaged about 20 mature olive trees. A week later, they returned and destroyed another 170 trees, in order to prepare Samhan’s land for running sewer pipes through it to serve area outposts.

In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Iyad Hadad, Nu’man Samhan described the settlers’ damage to his crops and property:

My family owns about 50 dunams of olive groves that we inherited from our grandparents 50 years ago. When I was a child we used to come to the land and stay on it for days, weeks, and even months. Our land has a well and more than 200 olive trees, which are 50 years old. They  are now surrounded by the fence of the Zayit Ra’anan outpost. We’re only allowed to go there twice a year: once during the plowing season at the beginning of the year, and once during the harvest season at the end of the year, based on prior coordination with the Israeli DCO.

Last September, we found out that settlers had uprooted 20 olive trees, which were 50 to 60 years old, in order to lay a sewer pipe in the ground. A week later, we found out that the settlers had damaged about 170 more olive trees and stolen their crops.

September 2020

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Cut down trees in Ras Karkar, 9 September 2020
Cut down trees in Ras Karkar, 9 September 2020

Ras Karkar, Ramallah District: Settlers exploit military restriction on farmer’s access to land to damage over 200 olive trees


On Wednesday morning, 9 September 2020, a farmer from the village of Ras Karkar discovered that settlers had damaged 20 olive trees, which were 50 years old, on his land northeast of the village. The military only permits him to access the land after prior coordination.

The settlement of Nerya was established in 1991 not far from there.

The farmer received permission to return to his land only a week later, and discovered that settlers had damaged another 170 or so olive trees.

April 2020

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Mutilated olive trees in Ras Karkar, 24 April 2020
Mutilated olive trees in Ras Karkar, 24 April 2020

Ras Karkar, Ramallah District: 50 olives trees uprooted and broken, futile complaint filed

On 24 April 2020, Radi Abu Fkheidah, a 65-year-old farmer, went to plow his land. He discovered that in his absence, settlers had damaged 50 olive trees he had planted a decade ago. Some of the trees were uprooted and others had broken branches. Abu Fkheidah reported the damage to the Palestinian DCO. 

The settlement of Nerya was established about 200 meters from the plot.  

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