Sometime between the afternoon of 12 January and the morning of 14 January,six olive trees in Khoruba Valley, belonging to a Palestinian villager fromAt-Tuwani, were broken, seriously damaging the trees.
The damaged trees are in the middle of a small grove. The Palestinian ownersays that the tress were about ten years old. He noticed the damage when hecame out to plow and plant the adjacent field on the morning of 14 January.Local Palestinians attribute the damage to neighboring zionist settlers, who have engaged in continued harassment of Palestinian shepherds.
In the days preceding and following the incident, zionist settlers ( civilians and soldiers) have threatened and harassed Palestinian shepherds grazing their flocks nearby. On Saturday, 12 January, a group of settlers from the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Ma'on approached shepherds grazing their flocksand fired six shots in the air. The Palestinian shepherds and their flocks scattered.
On 15 January, ziomist soldiers threatened to arrest Palestinian shepherds if they continued to graze their sheep in the adjacent valley. zionist settlers have previously damaged or destroyed olive trees belonging to Palestinian residents of At-Tuwani and neighboring villages, including destroying a grove of over one hundred trees in January of 2006.