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Published Friday 07/03/2014 (updated) 08/03/2014 22:38
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QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday afternoon detained a young man while he was planting an olive sapling east of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, locals said.

Alaa Issa al-Dweiri, 20, was detained and taken to an unknown destination while he was participating in a campaign to plant olive saplings on Palestinian lands in Izbet at Tabib under threat of confiscation by Israeli authorities.

Head of the village’s local council Bayan al-Tabib demanded the release of al-Dweiri and called upon international organization to help secure his release.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that one Palestinian was "briefly detained" for questioning, but had no information regarding the reason for his detention.

At the time of his detention, al-Dweiri was participating in an olive sapling planting campaign alongside activists from the Palestinian People party and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Campaigns to plant olive trees and saplings come as a response to frequent attacks by Israeli settlers on trees in the region as well as the threat of land confiscation by authorities to expand nearby Israeli settlements.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

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 ) JoeUSA / USA
07/03/2014 23:16
Palestinian planting a tree is arrested. Jewish extremist settler chops down a hundred trees never gets prosecuted because settlers are never on the radar of the Israeli authorities.

2 ) gabi / australia
08/03/2014 00:57
what possible rational could there be for preventing the planting of a tree on your own land? No permit for this "structure"? What would happen if seeds were planted and just grew? Or if birds dripped the seeds . . .? Israeli actions are showing the world what a ruthless, ridiculous state it is.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/03/2014 08:39
'Israeli forces arrest man for planting trees near Qalqiliya' One has to admit there's a sort of insane consistency to that.

4 ) Sander / The Netherlands
08/03/2014 11:04
Is planting trees a crime ?

5 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
08/03/2014 11:35
Wooow, maybe it where rocket trees? Secret Iranian weapons? "Israel" is afraid the olives will be used to trow at soldiers? Are they maybe angry Palestinian olives taste better?

6 ) Nippyweesweety / Bonnie Scotland
08/03/2014 13:21
Go out and buy Zaytoun olive oil, it's the best peppery tasting oil EVER....harvested with help from internationalists , help the Pal economy.

7 ) Esmerelda / Notre Dame, France
08/03/2014 19:03
Now even the olive trees, a symbol of peace, have become part of the resistance movement against the occupation. When will this madness end? When will the brutality end? Sad & upset.

8 ) wayne / NZ
09/03/2014 02:40
Where are the pro Israeli comments Gosh I'm up for a good laugh, I can't wait to see how they justify this one
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