A picture of the Bat-Ayin settlement, whose residents harass the local residents.
On Tuesday, May 15th the residents of Safa discovered an additional destruction of their trees and their grapevines in Wadi Abu Rish. This was the fifth incident this year.
15 grapevines, one loquat and 4 olive trees were vandalized; these trees were at least 20 years old. After discovering the vandalism, Hamad, the land owner had to be hospitalized since he felt ill and was in a bad mental condition. Similar to former vandalism acts, the locals claim that the trace lead to “Bat Ayin” (in the former incident in 2012, graffiti with the name “Bat Ayin” was sprayed, and also at the destruction of the Salibi family plantations). This incident is added to another incident of spraying herbicide at lands not far from Karmei Tzur. The suspicion is that it was done by extreme settlers. The land was severely damaged.
Following this incident, the Legal Department of RHR wrote to the head of the Civil Administration and emphasized that it is not enough to express regret over this incident, but there needs to be a direct involvement in order to solve the issue. We can not imagine an opposite situation where settlers’ property is vandalized and Palestinians weren’t to be arrested.
Due to the security authorities’ helplessness to defend the lives and the property of the Slibi family, RHR intends to file an appeal to the Supreme Court in two weeks.