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October 15, 2012 2:24 pm
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New Video Shows Palestinians, Left Wing Activists Cutting Down Olive Trees (VIDEO)

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A new video entitled “Harvesting Incitement” released by the Shomron Regional Council today on YouTube purports to show Palestinians and left-wing activists cutting down olive trees in a tactic meant to frame West Bank settlers as the perpetrators according to an unnamed witness in the video. “They cut down these trees to start a fire in the media or in their ovens. It’s suspicious because it comes close to the Jewish settlements. They get close enough it becomes a security problem as well,” the witness says.

Recent attacks on olive groves in the West Bank, which have drawn strong international condemnation, were attributed to Jewish settlers. On Saturday arsonists set olive groves on fire in the town of Qaryut, about nine miles south of the city of Nablus. Wednesday seventy trees were cut down on the first day of the harvest, the town’s residents reported. In all more than 450 trees were vandalized last week as the harvest began, according to the Jerusalem Post.

This is not the first time that Palestinians have been accused of framing settlers. In 2010, Israeli news service Tazpit claimed to have documented the destruction of trees in an effort to accuse settlers.

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Israeli Daily Yediot Ahronot reported at the time: “Arabs and leftist activists staged an attack on Palestinian fields in a bid to accuse settlers of vandalism, an organization that claims to have documented the incident says.”

The Jerusalem Post also reported today that on Sunday a PLO official called for international observers to protect Palestinian olive farmers and their groves.

“We urge every country with a diplomatic mission to Palestine to dispatch observer teams to Palestinian olive groves in order to discourage attacks by settlers and to document any abuse that occurs,” PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said.

“Given Israel’s support for the settlers and its refusal to allow the Palestinian Authority to provide protection through the occupied territory, the Palestinian people require international intervention to ensure their security,” Ashrawi wrote.

The video of the incident can be viewed below.

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  • N Ranes

    I wish you could just shoot them. This is so stupid to destroy the trees and food. Israel I want you to do what ever you need to do. The land is yours all the way to Egypt and the Euphrates! Take it back! I am an American who believes the Bible! Love you guys!

    • abdalla

      great news your a one stater. eqaul rights??

  • Grammy G

    These are the same people who destroyed the hot houses once owned by the Jewish people that Bill Gates paid for so they would be able to keep them and support themselves. You cannot help people who possess so much hatred they will hurt and kill their own people with their fanaticism.

  • LT COL HOWARD

    Thanks to Bt’ selem this is common. Staged and foist accusations.

    Even Sloppy Reframing can understand…. when you get caught lying you have to excuse it otherwise your moral compass gets confused. The Jews are at fault. Now all you have to do Sloppy Reframing is fill in the blank of what and where.

  • Sloppy Reframing

    Don’t lose sight of the fact that they’re cutting down their own trees to draw attention to illegal settlements.

    • Krystal10

      It’s easy to say they’re illegal. PROVE IT LEGALLY! YOU CAN’T.

    • Pamela Taylor

      Except they are not doing it to “draw attention” to settlements. They are doing it to falsely accuse Israelis of doing it. This is lying. This is bearing false witness, which most civilizations condemn. But in Islam it is taqiyya, and considered laudable.

      Not to mention that it shows contempt for the natural world, and the slow-growing olive trees. But these people don’t actually have to earn a living since the “international community” provides them with billions of dollars annually.

    • Yitzhak

      Please cite the law or laws which render Jewish presence in Judea & Samaria ‘illegal’.

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