by Kelly Joiner – IMEMC and Agencies: 1 August, 2012
Israeli settlers uprooted and burned olive trees on Palestinian land in the village of Nabi Saleh on Wednesday.
According to the Palestine News Network, a spokesman for the Palestinian Popular Resistance Movement in Nabi Saleh said that the Israeli military escorted a group of settlers to the area and watched passively as the settlers destroyed Palestinian property.
The land’s owners were not present at the time the destruction began but villagers rushed to the area as soon as smoke was spotted. The settlers ran away before the farmers could reach them.
Settler activities are illegal under international law and violate the Fourth Geneva Convention. Additionally, arson and destruction of private property are violations of Israeli law.
The Israeli military took no action against the settlers despite being present throughout the incident.