Shilo colonists damages 600 olive seedlings

Shilo colonists damages 600 olive seedlings


Violation:  cutting off 600 olive saplings
Location: al-Rafid area
Date: 30/01/2014
Perpetrators: Shilo colonists
Victims: farmers of Sinjel town


After colonists had cut off 750 olive seedlings within the natural block named al-Rafid a week ago, they on30/01/2014, cut off 600 olive saplings that were planted in 01/2013. Now the total of the damaged olives and almonds saplings is 1350.

It should be mentioned that the uprooted and stolen trees were funded by the Red Crescent for the sake of protecting the Palestinian lands from colonial interests.



It should also be marked that the location was targeted twice during the past month. The land is 1.5km away from Shilo, which is targeting the land for the favor of its colonial expansion. Therefore, al-Rafid ( Singel property) has been witnessing frequent violations and assaults during the past couple of years by colonists and soldiers of the occupation


20 kilometer north of Ramallah, Sinjil is surrounded by Al Labn Ash Sharqia  (north), Jaljilia (west), Qaryut and Turmus'ayya (east), and Al Mazr'a Ash sharqia (south). 

Sinjil has a total population of 5236 people according to statistics conducted in 2007. It has a total area of 14028, 888 of which are a built-up area of the village. 

The Israeli occupation devoured 551 dunums of the lands of the village for two colonies. The first one is Maale Levona which was built in 1983 and confiscated 298 dunums of the village. It is inhabited by 497 colonists. The second is Eli which was built in 1984 and devoured 253 dunums. It is inhabited by 2058 colonists.

Moreover, bypass number '60 took over 246 dunums of the village lands.

According to Oslo Accords, 14% of Sinjil is under Area A (PA has full civil and security control) while 30% is under Area B (PA is in charge of civil matters with Israel responsible for security). However, most of the village lands (56%) is under Area C (Israel maintains full security and administrative control). Here is the area in dunums:

  • Area A (1980) dunums
  • Area B (4140) dunums
  • Area C (7908) dunums



Prepared by
The Land Research Center

Categories: Settlers Attacks