Israeli settlers have torched dozens of Palestinian olive trees in the occupied West Bank, in another attempt to target a key product of the Palestinian economy. According to local villagers, settlers torched the trees at several spots simultaneously on Saturday. Security officials say evidence pointed to an arson attack by residents of the neighboring settlement of Ee-Lai. [??? Eli?] The attack follows the cutting-down of almost 70 olive trees in the same village this past Wednesday, which was the start of the harvest season.Saturday is the Shabbat. We usually rest on that day.
Palestinian media sources reported, Saturday, that a group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt Palestinian Olive trees that belong to residents of Qaryout village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
According to sources I approached, indeed there is a heavy suspicion that a resident of Eli perhaps is responsible and that he is know to police and GSS but for some unfathomable reason is never arrested. Attempts have been made to distance him from Eli.