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Palestinians: Settlers cut down olive trees
Owner of grove in Luban a-Sharkiya 'shocked' to see uprooted trees; Palestinians say residents of Eli behind act

Palestinians claimed that settlers from Eli cut down olive trees overnight Saturday at the nearby village of Luban a-Sharkiya, which is located in the northern West Bank.

 

The owner of the grove, Raja Wazaus, said he was "shocked" to see that his trees had been completely destroyed. "The settlers uprooted them," he claimed Saturday morning.

 

Security forces who arrived at the village confirmed that 14 trees were destroyed.

 

According to the Palestinians, incidents in which settlers from Eli destroyed olive trees have repeated themselves a few times over the past month.

 

On Friday the slogan "Kahane was right" was spray-painted on several headstones in a Muslim cemetery in Kafr Qaddum, located some eight miles west of Nablus.

 

IDF forces launched an investigation and together with Civil Administration officers, erased the slogans.

 

Extreme right-wing activist Itamar Ben Gvir, a known supporter of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, denied any involvement in the act. "The spraying of slogans the likes of 'Kahane was right' is a popular phenomenon, especially as the anniversary of Rabbi Kahane's murder approaches," he said.

 

"We had nothing to do with the Kafr Qaddum incident. Personally, I think it's wrong to desecrate a cemetery, but I'm hardly moved by it. The Mount of Olives cemetery is desecrated daily, and I have yet to hear any condemnation from those shrieking now."

 

 

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