Israeli settlers steal olive harvest of Palestinian farmers in Ramallah and Nablus

Israeli settlers steal olive harvest of Palestinian farmers in Ramallah and Nablus

The street is now largely closed off to Palestinians.

Hebron's Palestinian municipality is expected to appeal the decision and claim ownership of the land.

Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a new push by the government for such approvals, settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP.

He urged the USA administration to pressure Israel to allow the Palestinian government to work freely in the territories classified as Area C in the West Bank and stop settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.

Hebron has seen a number of attacks on Jewish Israelis, most recently a rash of stabbing attempts by Palestinian teens last month and some vehicle rammings. "While doing everything in his power to please a small group of settlers, [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is harming Israel's morality and image overseas, while crushing basic values of human rights and dignity". "If you compare that to previous years, in 2015 there were fewer than 2 000 units, and in 2016 there were 2 700".

About 850 Israelis in the biblical city live in heavily-guarded enclaves surrounded by tens of thousands of Palestinians.

Last week, the United States expressed concern over Israeli settlements, with a White House official noting: "The [Trump] administration has made it clear that unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospect for peace".

Unesco's board voted to approve a proposal which referred to Hebron an "Islamic" city.

Israel sees U.S. President Donald Trump as more tolerant for the expansion of the settlements, in contrast to former U.S. presidents who saw the settlements as a major hurdle for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The number of olive trees in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip amounts to 8.5 million trees, according to the Palestinian agriculture ministry, which revealed that the olive and oil revenues represent one per cent of Palestine's national income.