Settlers from the settlement of Beit Ayin, northwest of Beit Ummar in Hebron, cut and destroyed dozens of trees on the land of farmer Hamad Abdul Hamid Jaber, on Thursday morning. This sabotage left 55 grape vines, 1 quince tree and 45 olive trees destroyed. Two olive trees were more than 30 years old. The settlers also wrote slogans calling for a “price to be paid” and “death to the Arabs”.
Settler hurled insults and death threats in Arabic at the farmer, Hamad, which were captured on camera. Hamad was working on his land this morning when the surprise attack and stones thrown by the settlers forced him retreat. Once the settlers left, he returned to his land to view the damage and the huge losses he had sustained.
It is important to point out that this is the fifth time this year and second time in two weeks that settlers from Beit Ein have attacked Hamad’s land. He is 78 years old and forced to leave his land and suffer these attacks regularly while settlers continue their annexation and seizure of land for settlements. Hamad continues to appeal to all official and governmental institutions and human rights organizations; but it appears no one is listening.