Ravaging 200 Trees in Al Khader

Ravaging 200 Trees in Al Khader




Violation: ravaging 200 olive trees.

Location: Ein Qissis in al Khader – Bethlehem.

Date: December 14, 2012.

Perpetrators: colonists of Neve Daniel.

Victim: Ahmad Salah.




On December 14, 2012, colonists ravaged 200 olive trees in a field owned by Ahmad Salah by cutting or uprooting the trees. The owner said: ‘the trees were cut using a cutting tool; they were gathered in an area between Bitar Elit and Neve Daniel colonies‘. The trees were 4 years of age and were provided by the PARC.



picture 1-2: targeted field



Al Khader:


Al Khader is located 5 km to the west of Bethlehem city; it is connected by a road to the main road, Jerusalem – Hebron road which connects it to the surrounding cities. It is administered by a local council and is named after Saint George (Al Khader in Arabic).


The village holds within a football stadium, a donation of the Portuguese Government; the work in the stadium started in 2000 through Bethlehem 2000  project, however, the construction stopped for a long time because of the second Intifada (uprising) events considering the location of the stadium near by-pass road (60). It was opened in 2007.


Area and Location:


Al Khader is 20100 dunums in area including 800 dunums of built-up area. The Israelis conquered 218 dunums of the village in 1948 and are trying to capture the rest of Al Khader fertile lands using the segregation wall. The Israeli authorities confiscated huge parts of Al Khader lands to construct Ezyon colony in 1967(4500 dunums in area inhabited by 461 colonists) and Daniel in 1983 (200 dunums in area).




Categories: Agriculture