Betar Illit colonists burn down 75 olive trees in Bethlehem city

Betar Illit colonists burn down 75 olive trees in Bethlehem city


  • Violation: burning down trees
  • Location:  Husan town- Bethlehem
  • Date:  July 19, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Betar Illit colonists
  • Victims:  citizen Imad Al-Sha'ir


A group of colonists from Betar Illit burned down on July 19, 2016 some 70 aging olive trees and five other almond trees in an agricultural land founded in the nearby of the colony. Noteworthy, the attacked trees belong to AL-Sha'ir family from Husan village. It should be marked that the affected people were surprised by the attack when they reached their plot to check on it.

Citizen Imad Al-Sha'ir told Land Research Center the following: " We inherited this land from our grandfathers and thus we always take care of it"

The location of the land is so sensitive since it is founded within Betar Illit colony. The owner has to pass through the colony's gate every day to check on his land.

He also said: " We submitted a complaint to Israel Police and it was passed to the Military Coordination Office to do the necessary procedures in order for such incidents not to take place on our lands again"

About Husan:

Husan is 10 km west of Bethlehem and is edged with Wadi Fukin (west) Nahhalin (south), Wadi Rahall (east), and Battir (north). It has a total area of 7360 dunums, 801 of which are built-up area. The Israeli occupation confiscated 2759 dunums to build Betar Illit and Hadar Betar colonies. Besides, bypass number '375 devoured 180 dunums.

The Apartheid Wall destroyed 124 dunums of Husan lands and isolated 150 dunums. According to the 2007 statistics, the village population is 5551 people.

According to Oslo Accords, 14% of Husan is under Area B (PA is in charge of civil matters with Israel responsible for security). However,  most of the village lands (86%) is under Area C (Israel maintains full security and administrative control). Here are the area in dunums:

  • Area B (1036) dunums
  • Area C (6324) dunums


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Settlers Attacks