My family owns six dunams west of al-Khader, settlers built the outpost Sde Boaz right by this land.
On October 3, 2012 I went to my plot at around 8 am. I usually go there early so I can get as many hours of work done. When I got to my plot, I discovered that someone had dug about fifty holes that were 50×50 cm and deep enough for planting saplings. There was no other damage besides that. The holes were dispersed over the entire plot. I also saw tracks left by the backhoe loader tires that had dug the holes.
I had visited the plot four days earlier and there weren’t any holes then.
That day, I couldn’t go file a complaint for family reasons, so I went to Gush Etzion Police and filed a complaint on October 11, 2012, a week after the incident. The investigator said they would look into it and would contact me. A month later, the police called me and wanted to go to my plot with me. I was at work in Beit Shemesh and couldn’t accompany the policemen myself, so I called my brother and asked him to accompany the police officers. The officers came to my plot and took photos of the holes and I haven’t heard from them since. After the police officers came, we plowed the plot. I asked the neighboring landowners whether they had seen any settlers, but nobody saw them doing it.
I’d like to note that earlier this year, on April 29, 2012 I filed a complaint with the Gush Etzion Police regarding another incident on that same plot. That time, settlers plowed my plot. The owner of a neighboring plot called me to ask whether I was working on my plot because he saw people plowing it using a blue and white plow. I said I wasn’t. people don’t just plow land, they don’t volunteer to plow land owned by others.