Israeli settlers chopped down at least 150 olive trees, which were growing on Palestinian agricultural land in Burqa village, east of Ramallah on Wednesday, the 1st of May. It was reported that occupying Israeli soldiers provided protection for the settlers. One of the Palestinian owners of the land also reported that Israeli settlers had tried to assault him two days previously while he was working on his land.
- Lord, we pray for Palestinian farmers who live near illegal Israeli settlements and who suffer harassment and vandalism almost daily. This violence appears to be a deliberate policy to force the Palestinians to abandon their land. We pray that this state-sanctioned intimidation would cease. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.