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Uprooting and Damaging Olive Trees, Palestine

Israeli settlers continue to burn olive trees on Palestinian lands affecting Palestinian farmers' livelihoods and driving them out of their land.


On October 22, 2014, a group of Jewish settlers set fire to around 100 olive trees owned by Palestinan farmers in the town of Huwara. The mayor of the town claimed that Israeli occupation forces prevented the citizens from accessing their land to extinguish the fire. [3][4]

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Uprooting and Damaging Olive Trees, Palestine
State or province: Nablus Governorate
Location of conflict:Qusra
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific commodities:Land
Olive Trees
Fruits and Vegetables
Project Details and Actors
Project details

According to the Middle East Monitor, 15% of the 89 reported cases of settler violence against Palestinians between January and June 2017 comes in the form of uprooting or damaging trees. [1]

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Level of Investment for the conflictive project12,300,000 lost each year
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:80,000 families
Start of the conflict:1967
Relevant government actors:Palestinian Authority
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories - Israeli Governing Body
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Yesh Din:
Women for Palestine:
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Landless peasants
Local government/political parties
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of mobilization:Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Boycotts of companies-products
Tree Planting
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Deaths, Assassinations, Murders
Court decision (failure for environmental justice)
Violent targeting of activists
Proposal and development of alternatives:The main proposal brought forward is that settlers should stop their policy of illegal land grabbing through the burning and uprooting of olive and fruit trees in Palestinian-owned land.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Israeli settlers and the Israeli Defense Forces are still uprooting and destroying trees from Palestinian lands with impunity.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[7] - The Plight of the Palestinians: A Long History of Destruction

Edited by William A. Cook

[3] - Jewish settlers torch Palestinian olive grove in W. Bank - World Bulletin
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[4] - Palestine: Jewish Settlers Torch 100 of World's Oldest Olive Trees - International Business Times
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[5] - Israel accused of 'war crime' over bulldozing of Palestinian olive groves - The Independent
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[6] - Palestinian Olive Trees: Destroying a Symbol of Life - CounterPunch
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[8] - Palestinian farmer shot dead by Israeli settler - AlJazeera
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[9] - The Million Trees Campaign (MTC)
[click to view]

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Contributor:Christophe Maroun - [email protected]
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:3300
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