Israelis Deny Harming Palestinian Olive Trees

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A Palestinian farmer reacts to the vandalism of olive trees. i

A Palestinian farmer reacts to the vandalism of olive trees in the village of Salim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, as Israeli soldiers look on. Abed Qusini hide caption

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A Palestinian farmer reacts to the vandalism of olive trees.

A Palestinian farmer reacts to the vandalism of olive trees in the village of Salim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, as Israeli soldiers look on.

Abed Qusini

Palestinian farmers and human rights groups are demanding the Israeli police and army do more to protect Palestinian farmland from vandalism by militant Jewish settlers.

The Israeli government says more than 2,000 Palestinian olive trees have been vandalized in the West Bank, damaged and in some cases uprooted this harvest season.

Settlers deny they're behind it, saying the damage is self-inflicted by Palestinians who want compensation.

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