Israeli occupation forces cracked down late Friday morning, February 12, on a Palestinian-Israeli olive tree planting event that was to take place east of the villager of Burin, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, sponsored by the Israel-based Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) organization, Zo Haderech reported.
Bashar Eid, a resident of Burin, said that Israeli troops cordoned the area off from the early morning hours, blocking all roads and closing the area to protesters based on an out-of-date military order, and dispersed them with stun grenades and bodily force. No injuries were reported.
Border Police physically broke up the event, dispersing the Palestinians organizers and more than 150 Israeli peace activists, among them members of Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel, who managed to reach the site before its closure, with the aim of planting olive saplings on village lands threatened with confiscation by the encroaching colonial settlement of Givat Ronen.
Burin, among other villages in the District of Nablus, has become the scene of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation authorities’ move to construct and expand colonial settlements. The village is the target of frequent settler attacks including the cutting down of mature olive trees, setting fire to fields and crops, stealing the olive harvest and attacking Palestinian olive harvesters and Israeli volunteers.
Video clip documenting the breaking up of the Palestinian-Israeli olive-planting event by Border Police: https://www.facebook.com/RABBI4HR/videos/328751815212356