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Olive grove destroyed in south Hebron
Published Friday 17/08/2012 (updated) 19/08/2012 10:44
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Palestinians found 30 olive trees in al-Hamra valley destroyed on Thursday.
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers destroyed 30 olive trees in a Palestinian grove in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, a local official said.

The trees in al-Hamra valley, neighboring the Havat Maon settler outpost, are owned by the al-Rabee family, popular committee coordinator Rateb al-Jabour said.

Al-Jabour condemned aggression by settlers in the area, and said the attitude of the Israeli authorities gives permission to the settlers to conduct such acts.

Italian peace group Operation Dove said 97 Palestinian trees have been destroyed since January, and the largest amount has taken place in the Humra valley.

Also on Thursday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory visited the south Hebron hills village Jinba, one of eight slated for demolition by Israeli authorities to make way for a military training zone.

Maxwell Gaylard said: "These are already some of the most vulnerable families in the West Bank -- forcibly displacing them from their homes and lands would have a serious immediate and long-term impact on their physical, socio-economic and emotional welfare."
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1 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
17/08/2012 13:45
The criminals from the Havat Maon colony outpost, who are most likely culprits, call themselves Jews. Jews who destroy olive trees, the sacred and iconic symbol of Palestine. And their government not only allows it, it shields them. Aren't they after all instruments in the hand of the State of Israel in its continued ethnic cleansing campaign against the Palestinian people. Every time an olive tree is cut down our resolve should harden never to let these criminals win. Never!

2 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
17/08/2012 15:04
This all happened yesterday: A group of Jewish teenagers tried to lynch 3 Palestinian teens in Zion Square, Jerusalem. One of them was critically injured and was admitted to an intensive care unit. In the Westbank suspected Jewish thugs threm a fire bomb at a Palestinian taxi with 5 members of the same family, who sustained various burn injuries. In the southern Hebron hills Jewish criminals destroyed 30 olive trees. If I would be an Israeli I would be very worried about the future.

3 ) gabi / australia
18/08/2012 02:45
Why are these vile thugs allowed to get away with it? Do they really believe they have God on their side, allowing them to do this? Surely, in the "only democracy in the middle east" punishment should me meted out equally to wrongdoers. If they were Palestinians doing the same, they would be quickly arrested and dealt with - and not lightly either.
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