Israeli settlers uproot over 500 trees in Palestinian village
SALFIT (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted over 500 olive and fig trees in Deir Istiya village in Salfit on Monday morning, witnesses said.
Onlookers said residents of the Revava settlement chopped down trees using a chainsaw in Qarawat Bani Hassan village near Deir Istiya. The village mayor said the field belonged to Daoud Yousef Harb, a resident of Deir Isitya.
Farmer Harb Rayan, who worked on the land, told Ma'an that over 500 trees were uprooted and the 23-acre field was completely destroyed.
Rayan blamed settlers from the nearby Revava settlement, noting that tire tracks from settler jeeps were left in the dirt.
1. A resident of one Arab village has/had 500 olive trees (and more: the field was "destroyed") in another where onlookers saw...
2. In Jordan, olives trees grow 30 - 40 per dunam. Four dunams to an acre so, 23 acres equals, then, 92 dunam and therefore, that field could have been growing 3680 trees? So only 15% or so of the field was being used? That sound right? In Hebron area, it's 26 per dunam. In the Galilee, 28 per dunam. And even less in northern Samaria. Have you any idea how much effort and time goes into "destroying" 500 olive trees? Even young ones?
4. These stories are routine for this time of year. Always ask to see a picture. After all, they photograph everything else. Why not trees?
60 more claimed today.
A colleague did some research before the turmoil in the area started. It is amazing to see how this is used in the cognitive war against Israel
One example of what was found:
14.000 trees uproted in 2009 !!
7000 trees were uprooted in 2009
From another collegaue:
Who needs 14000 when you can have HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS!
Or how about over 1 million and this.
And I have been informed:
A number of NGOs have falsely accused Israel of "ecocide" -- yes, they actually use this word and it goes with the other libels and wider political assault. Here is a 2005 NGO Monitor report:.
And check out EoZ.