Adi Ad colonists destroy 65 olive saplings in the Ramallah village of Turmusayya

Adi Ad colonists destroy 65 olive saplings in the Ramallah village of Turmusayya


Violation:  cutting down and looting 65 olive seedlings

Date:  18/03/2015

Location: al-Dhahrat area- Turmus'ayya

Perpetrators: Adi Ad colonists

Victims:  farmer Mahmoud Hizmeh


 After one week from replanting olive saplings that colonists previously uprooted during a sneak in and uprooting incident,  colonists of Adi Ad came on March 18, 2015 came and uprooted another 65 olive saplings and looted them; the attack was carried out under the protection of the Israeli army. Noteworthy, the trees were moved to the nearby colony through trucks.

The recent attack came in a period less than two months from an attack carried out by the same group of fanatic colonists, sustaining damage to 5000 olive trees in the area known by al-Dharat.


 Photos  1+2: Adi Ad colony

Photo 3: al-Dharat area

According to the field observation and follow up of Land Research Center , the northern area of Turmus'ayya frequently witnesses violations and attacks undertaken by the occupation and colonists as well.  Trees planted each season to protect lands from colonial and occupational plans get uprooted right away. Colonists who usually carry out attacks come from Adi Ad colony that is only 200m away from Palestinian lands.

Since 1993 and until today, colonists have been active in uprooting seedlings from the northern parts of Turmus'ayya. Farmers were unable to react due to the heavy protection of the Israeli occupation army, which accompany colonists at times of attacks. Over the past 5 year, more than 18 attacks on the area of Houd al-Sider were documented.

About Turmus'ayya:

 It is located 25 km to the north east of Ramallah city. It has a population of 3736 people (according to a 2007 census). Its total area is 18139 dunums, 1350 of which are built-up area. About 11218 dunums of land are under Area B (PA is in charge of civil matters with Israel responsible for security) and 6921 dunums are under Area C (Israel maintains full security and administrative control).

The Israeli occupation confiscated vast areas of the village for the benefit of the following colonies:

1.      Shilo and Mizpe Rahel devoured 1023 dunums

2.      Mizpe Rahel  devoured 706 dunums

3.      The bypass road number 60 stole 12.5 dunums



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Settlers Attacks