Settlers Destroy More Trees in Beit Ommar

28 January 2011

On Wednesday January 26 at 10 am, settlers from the militant Bat Ayn settlement destroyed several hundred olive trees in the Ayen Al-Baid region of Beit Ommar. The trees belonged to Hamad Soleiby, a 70 year-old farmer who has been repeatedly subject to violence and harassment at the hands of the Bat Ayn settlers. Hamad Soleiby was beaten by settlers in 2004, and his fruit trees and grape vines were cut down by settlers the same year. The olive trees that were destroyed this week were at least 30 years old.

Hamad Soleiby has continued to work his land despite settler violence and intimidation. He swears that he will continue to work his land, even if it means that the settlers will kill him. The National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements and the Palestine Solidarity Project have supported the farmers in Ayen Al-Baid, and have planted new trees to replace the ones destroyed in the most recent attack.