500 Newly planted olive trees uprooted

We have heard sad news that over 500 newly planted olive tree saplings were uprooted on Wednesday 18 February near the Hebron town of al-Shuyukh.
 
The damaged olive groves belong to the al-Ayayda family, who own the deeds to the land. The owner found the damaged trees in the morning when he went to check his land, which is near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Settlers from the area are assumed to have uprooted the trees. Watch this video for news of the uprooting (in Arabic).
 
Since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, Palestinian farmers have lost over 800,000 olive trees. To find out more about the situation, take a look at our Olive Tree Project.
 
Three hundred of the trees, which were only planted the previous week, were sponsored by Embrace supporters. But our project partner will be replanting as many trees as possible in the coming weeks. We knew there would always be the risk of damage to or uprooting of trees, and we are committed to standing with the Palestinian farmers and replanting the trees on their land. 
 
We will be issuing a press release shortly, along with template letters you can send to your MP. If you'd like to show your solidarity and stand against this injustice, here are ways you can help:
 
1. Send a letter to the Israeli ambassador in your country 
2. Send a letters to your MP - download a template letter here (Word doc file)
4. Share this story  
5. Invite your friends and family members to join in our next olive picking\planting trip