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Settlers destroy over 600 olive trees in Nablus
Published Wednesday 30/10/2013 (updated) 01/11/2013 12:56
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Olive trees pictured in Beit Jala.(MaanImages/Eva Pilipp)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed over 600 olive trees in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Yizhar cut down hundreds of olive trees belonging to the Hamad, Hussein and Allan famlies in the village of Einabus.

Settlers also used a chemical agent to destroy the trees.

According to a 2012 report on Israeli settler violence released by the Palestine Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, every year the olive harvest period sees the highest peak in attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.

In 2012, settlers damaged or destroyed over 7,500 olive trees between January and October, according to OCHA.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
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1 ) Mel / USA
30/10/2013 15:25
The spirit &the heart of pluralistic,historical Palestine go much deeper than even the deep roots of Olive trees. Way down deeper,into the ancient salty spring which is the life-blood of the WHOLE region.The eye of the desert. The heart of history! Listen to the Olive trees.They whisper from the deep salty spring,'Zionism will never conquer this'.

2 ) Robert / U.S.
30/10/2013 19:21
This to shall pass...

3 ) southparkbear / usa
30/10/2013 19:53
as i said before the trees can say dogs ate my homework once or twice. it appears that there is a good reason for these trees to be pulled out

4 ) matteo d'agostino / italy
30/10/2013 19:53
israel's behaviour is like that of a terrible apartheid state. israelis are insolent anmd determined to destroy and cause harm to others.

5 ) Al / USA
31/10/2013 15:36
What is wrong with Israel? We're not talking about WMD but olive trees. I hope you enjoy your martinis without an olive in the future.

6 ) Mel / USA
31/10/2013 16:05
Poem:'My Olive Tree' by Hanna Issa!
http://www.palestine-family.net/index.php?nav=6-19&cid=7&did=2231
And, "Even in countries where the olive tree does not grow, men understand what is meant by “the olive branch”..."(Aldous Huxley). Patience & fortitude of the Olive tree is symbolic of pluralistic Palestine.
It's astounding that global Jews are NOT equally as insulted,as Christians/Muslims,by the rapacious Zionist-goat destruction when the Olive means so much too,in Judaic culture/history!

7 ) Two States / One Reality
31/10/2013 17:56
** Palestine's refusal to come to terms with the State of Israel is to blame
for the "trees being destroyed", and in this unbalanced Reality, there is every Reason to expect Arab houses will continue going down, while Jewish houses continue going up, and so it shall remain, until
** Israel gets a Negotiated Agreement, assuring both it's Peace and it's Security forever, largely on any terms that Israel cares to demand !!

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
31/10/2013 19:33
To southparkbear #3: 'as i said before the trees can say dogs ate my homework once or twice. it appears that there is a good reason for these trees to be pulled out' Of course there's a good reason. It's an evil thing to do, and Zionism is evil.

9 ) southparkbear / usa
31/10/2013 21:10
mel you are confusing 2 foriegn concepts, jews, judaic ergo judea and shomron is one link understood by jews and christians all over the world. west bank, invented people etc is only understood by islamists

10 ) Outlier / USA
31/10/2013 23:03
Such "settlers" are nothing but thugs and deserve to be treated as such.

11 ) George Newcastle / US
01/11/2013 01:00
To "southparkbear" Christians and jews do not understand israel as "one link." Only zionists do - you know? I think you do know. Enjoy your peace.

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/11/2013 07:12
To Al #5 'What is wrong with Israel?' Would you like an answer to that?
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