Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Missing Connection?

Do you know what's missing from this report?

Israeli settlers on Thursday torched seven cars in the northern West Bank village of Qusra, Palestinian security sources said.  The sources told AFP that attackers set fire to the vehicles and residents of the village, near the city of Nablus, saw them driving to the nearby settlement outpost of Esh Kodesh.

Villagers last month accused the settlers of damaging around 200 olive trees following clashes between Qusra and Esh Kodesh residents, during which Palestinians threw stones at the settlers, who according to Palestinian officials, responded with gunfire and wounded an 18-year-old. 

Last October, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Robert Serry, condemned a wave of attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian olive groves and called Israel to punish the perpetrators. "These acts are reprehensible and I call on the government of Israel to bring those responsible to justice," he said.

Israeli rights group Yesh Din said in a study published on Sunday that it had logged 35 attacks targeting olive trees, grapevines and other fruit trees between September 2011 and July 2012, but that in 99 percent of cases police had closed the investigation files for lack of evidence.

What's missing?

That 2000+ vine saplings at nearby Achiyah were severed earlier this week.  A Jewish-owned vineyard.

Do you suppose there's a connection?

Also missing from Times of Israel.


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