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al-Sawiya Groves

What is affected
Olive treeshttp://vprofile.arij.org/nablus/pdfs/vprofile/As%20Sawiya_vp_en.pdf
Type of violation Demolition/destruction
Date 18 September 2020
Region MENA
Country Palestine
City al-Sawiya, West Bank, 18km south of Nablus

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- Land area (square meters)

- Total value 14788

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Fifty Trees Defaced, Uprooted in Suspected West Bank Hate Crime


Hagar Shezaf, Haaretz



Three dozen trees were uprooted and 20 more despoiled in As-Sawiya, a Palestinian village that has been repeatedly subjected to acts of violence and vandalism

Hagar Shezaf


Fifty olive trees were uprooted and additional 20 vandalized Friday in a suspected hate crime in the West Bank Palestinian village of As-Sawiya, near the settlement of Ariel.

Ahmed Nasa’a, a Jaffa resident whose family is from As-Sawiya, told Haaretz that 30 trees had been uprooted from the plot his family owns. "I myself fenced the plot. When the police arrived I told them to take fingerprints from the fence, which was also vandalized, but they didn’t."


Nasa’a estimated the damage in some 60,000 shekels [€14,788.1]. The police are yet to respond to a Haaretz query on whether an investigation had been launched into the matter.


Another 20 tress from other plots were severely defaced.   


As-Sawiya has seen its share of vandalism in the past, but residents say they have witnessed an increase in recent months. In June, 12 vehicles were vandalized and pro-Israel graffiti spray-painted on the walls of homes in the northern West Bank village.

Security camera footage from the scene showed unidentified perpetrators puncturing car tires. Graffiti in Hebrew was also found on a wall, reading “Am Yisrael chai,” or "the people of Israel live," a phrase often used as a rallying cry for Israeli nationalists.



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NIS 1 = € 0.24647

al-Sawiya’s population was counted at 2,356 in 2014 (ARIJ: http://vprofile.arij.org/nablus/pdfs/vprofile/As%20Sawiya_vp_en.pdf) 

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