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Jewish extremists cut down fruit trees in revenge attack
Published Friday 10/01/2014 (updated) 11/01/2014 10:40
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File picture shows Israeli settlers in the illegal outpost of Esh
Kodesh near the West Bank village of Tormusayya, on March 5,
2008.(AFP/File Menahem Kahana)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Suspected Jewish extremists cut down fruit trees belonging to Israeli-Palestinians overnight in an apparent revenge attack for Palestinian villagers detaining Jewish settlers, police said Friday.

The vandals left placards in the orchard reading "Regards from Esh Kodesh," the West Bank settlement outpost whose residents were assaulted and briefly detained on Tuesday when they entered the Palestinian village of Qusra, some wearing masks.

The vandals struck near Kfar Qasim, an Israeli Arab town that borders the West Bank some 40 kilometers west of Qusra, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Seven of the dozen settlers involved in the original incident were meanwhile remanded in custody on Thursday night, Samri added.

They had been under house arrest since the army negotiated their release by the villagers while police investigated why they had entered Qusra in the first place.

The Palestinian Authority paid tribute to the villagers Thursday, saying they had acted in "self-defense" following numerous assaults by the settlers from Esh Kodesh, a few kilometers to the north
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/01/2014 22:32
Those settlers are hell on trees and children. Not so hot when it comes to meeting the grown-ups, though -- are they?

2 ) Kora / Belgium
11/01/2014 01:17
Well said Colin, they certainly met their match with the 'grown ups' of Qusra, shame about the trees though.

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
11/01/2014 17:09
Why cut down trees? . Environmental terrorism?
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