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CPT: Settlers torch Palestinian olive grove
Published Saturday 28/05/2011 (updated) 29/05/2011 10:45
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A handout photo taken on May 27 by the Christian Peacemaker Teams shows a
Palestinian fireman surveying damage to an olive tree. CPT said Israeli settlers
set fire to the Palestinian-owned field near Hebron damaging 16 trees.
[MaanImages/CPT]
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to an olive grove belonging to a Palestinian family near Hebron on Friday, an international monitoring group reported.

The fire damaged 16 trees belonging to the Abu Haikel family in Tel Rumeida, Christian Peacemaker Teams said, adding that some of the trees affected were over 1,000 years old.

Palestinian firefighters arrived to put out the blaze, but Israeli soldiers confiscated their hoses and gave them old equipment to use, CPT said.

Volunteers with the US organization said they asked soldiers to return the equipment but the troops did not respond.

Asked if the trees would produce olives again, Abu Haikel's son told CPT: "No, they've burned them for the last seven years."
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1 ) Peter Beck / USA
28/05/2011 21:40
I post stories like this on Facebook, but it appears that outrage is in short supply (or I should say misplaced) in the US.

2 ) Hilde / Palestine
29/05/2011 07:53
The settler population in al-Khalil is unparalelled in their racism, brutality, and arrocance.

3 ) laila / italy
29/05/2011 12:46
CPT is an international organization. Beside the US, team members are from Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Palestine, Sweden and the UK.

4 ) Shawn / USA - Washington State
03/06/2011 01:32
I am creating awareness, but like Peter said, not many people seem to care. Lots of apathy in America, people are to busy to care.
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