Published on Apr 7, 2016
Israeli forces have uprooted 47 Palestinian olive saplings in East Jerusalem al-Quds in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian sources say saplings which were planted in late March were chopped down and burned in Silwan neighborhood. They say the trees were to honor the 47 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in al-Quds since October. The agriculture industry, olive cultivation in particular, provides livelihood to about 80000 Palestinian families in the West Bank. Israeli forces and settlers regularly attack Palestinian villages and damage their property. Palestinians say Tel Aviv is seeking to drive them out in an attempt to Judaize the occupied West Bank.