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Israeli forces uproot 300 olive trees in Bethlehem area village
Published Thursday 06/02/2014 (updated) 08/02/2014 18:46
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops on Thursday morning accompanied bulldozers to the west Bethlehem village of Wadi Fukin where bulldozers destroyed 300 newly planted olive trees, despite locals' attempts to stop them.

Head of Wadi Fukin local council Ahmad Sukkar told Ma'an that 50,000 square meters of land were leveled and ancient dry stone walls were demolished by the Israeli forces.

Clashes broke out between Israel forces and locals as they tried to defend their lands while bulldozers leveled the fields.

Sukkar said that land is private property belonging to Mahmoud Ali Atiyyeh, Ishaq Salih Manasrah, Jamal Mahmoud Atiyyeh and Amin Mousa Atiyyeh.

Sukkar added that the Israeli forces had sent warrants to the owners claiming that their private land was Israeli state property.

A representative for the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories could not be reached for comment.

Israeli authorities regularly declare private Palestinian lands or historically communal lands used by Palestinians in the West Bank as Israeli state land. These lands are frequently confiscated as a result, and portions of these areas are often rezoned later in order to build Jewish-only settlements.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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1 ) toughloveforisrael / USA
06/02/2014 19:19
Typical of the continuing land greed of Israel.

2 ) Kathy P / USA
07/02/2014 00:01
As I understood it.. An olive tree was found growing without a permit.. So her, and all her neighboring trees, had to be demolished...

3 ) La Jeanne Kline / USA
07/02/2014 01:01
A crime against humanity stop this abuse and lawless behavior

4 ) grammadee47 / USA
07/02/2014 11:24
WHY does the USA continue to support Israel??? I will never understand this.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
07/02/2014 20:45
#4 grammadee47 Your USA government is under Zionist occupation/control. That should answer your question.

6 ) Beth H / New Zealand
07/02/2014 23:25
In the words of the most Reverend Desmond Tutu "My heart aches. I say why are our memories so short. Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon? Have they turned their backs on their profound and noble religious traditions? Have they forgotten that God cares deeply about the downtrodden?"

7 ) Jock / Scotland
07/02/2014 23:57
Maureen, this destruction of the fruit trees is indeed an injustice and shows a complete lack of respect for local Palestinian framers and people. However, I lived in Australia for a few years and was totally appalled by maltreatment of Aborigines. These people have been native to Australia for between 30,000 and 50,000 years. Yet only through huge pressure on the Australian government were they even granted the vote recently. Casting the first stone is problematic.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 00:36
To gammadee47 #4: 'WHY does the USA continue to support Israel??? I will never understand this.' Depends on which member of the US you look at. There's (1) pure ignorance. (2) Zionist influence and manipulation. (3) Unexamined racism. (4) Islamophobia. (5) the notion that Israel, rather than being a perversion of Biblical prophesy, is its fulfillment. Usually, more than one of these is present at the same time, and there are even a few who genuinely like watching oppression and violence.

9 ) Wade / USA
08/02/2014 03:47
Why does our congress sit still why this is going on. I know. Because most of our Congress are Israeli. If this was anywhere else in the world, we would step right in. The same as we do in other countries. The UN is a useless organization.

10 ) Wade / USA
08/02/2014 03:49
Why do all messages have to be approved. Is it because we might offend Israel.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 10:52
To Wade #9: ' Because most of our Congress are Israeli. If this was anywhere else in the world, we would step right in.' We don't even need to step in. All we need to do is pull the plug. Israel would be on its knees in six months, and gone within a decade. No one else supports it .

12 ) Michael B / UK
08/02/2014 16:07
The Jews are behaving like Nazi,s shame on Isreal ,Dont understand why America dont put a stop to it as they entered and demolished Iraq without a reason .Weapons of Mass Destruction ..there were none .

13 ) Mel / USA
08/02/2014 19:01
#4grammadee &Colin:"Why"?Don't forget OLD Western fears of invasion by the East,hence Israel'd be a white-proxy to'guard the gates'from Islam.Zionism was given Palestine as a Western outpost/armory & be proxy guardians(vs Islam)at the"gate"lol!But of course,if US/Euro CEO's & Zionist war-lords didn't use crazy,sectarian,racist despots(who profit from Western pillage/war)to oppress, there wouldn't BE refugees fleeing"West"to find peace&freedom from Nazi Zionism,now a costlyBURDEN to all sides.
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