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WATCH: Olive harvest marred by arson, vandalism and violence

Palestinian farmers from the West Bank village of Yasuf are forbidden from accessing their olive groves for much of the year. When they are given access during the olive harvest, they often find their trees cut down or burned by settlers. But even when they turn to police, the vast majority of their complaints lead nowhere. Social TV looks at the most recent olive harvest.

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    1. Bruce Gould

      Pre-emptive hasbara: what about the context? Why, a settler was attacked by Palestinians outside X. If they had only accepted the Oslo accords this would never have to happen. No, if they were more docile about having their land taken in 1948, less land would be be stolen now. They Palestinians want to run us over with their cars, look at the polls! What, would you rather have ISIS in the West Bank? Things are worse in Syria. THey’ll always hate the Jews…

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      • Brian

        And they could have made Areas A and B Singapore. But they just insist on olive trees! Oy! WTF is that?! So retaarded.

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        • Weiss

          Meanwhile the symbolism is stifling…
          The universal Symbol for Peace is the Olive Branch.

          So in essence we have Fascist Jewish Brown-Shirt’s destroying Olive trees (the source of the Olive Branch) with security provided by the IDF.

          Israeli’s once again doing their best to destroy peace …literally

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          • Sluggo

            The three of you should get a room

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    2. Rene

      “If they were more docile about having their land taken in 1948…”

      Yeah, THEIR land TAKEN.

      The Palestinians want the right to self-determination; they’re OWED reparations for the harm they’ve suffered under the Zionist movement.

      “Things are worse in Syria.”

      That “logic” is flawed. That’s like saying, “Her brother beats her worse than I do, so it’s okay if I get a punch in myself sometimes.”

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      • Brian

        Bruce it’s a measure of 1. Your talent as a satirist and 2. The risible quality of Pedro’s Productions, Inc. that Rene did not realize you were being satirical.

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    3. I’ve been trying to post this for 3 days, but keep getting the message it’s a duplicate, where? Who knows.

      The statement by Yehiel Grenimann of Rabbis for Human Rights, “sometimes I feel the Palestinians are the new Jews here; harass them and pressure them and they still survive” is interesting. There are so many verses in the bible about trees, not to destroy trees that bear fruit and yet in the land olive trees are destroyed routinely.

      10/13/2014 14:09

      Study: 96% of destruction of Palestinian olive tree cases fall apart due to police incompetence

      Yesh Din followed the investigation of 246 police files involving the uprooting, burning or damaging of trees in the West Bank between the years 2005 and 2014.

      A study released by the the human rights NGO Yesh Din on Monday claims that when it comes to cases of destruction to Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank, Israel’s police forces almost never locate suspects and bring them to justice.

      Yesh Din followed the investigation of 246 police files involving the uprooting, burning or damaging of trees in the West Bank between the years 2005 and 2014, and found that these files resulted in only four indictments. 96.6% of the files were closed without an indictment, mainly for the reasons that the suspect was not located or that their was a lack of sufficient evidence to proceed.

      The NGO published its findings as the 2014 olive harvest season begins, and stressed that the olive sector provides income to around 100,000 Palestinian households in the West Bank.

      Noah Cohen, who is part of Yesh Din’s investigation unit, said that the study points to deficiencies in Israeli law enforcement in protecting Palestinian farmers.

      “The fact that only four indictments were lodged over a nine year period, out of hundreds of investigations, results in there being an absence of deterrence with regard to the damaging of olive trees,” Cohen said.

      The group said that despite assurances given by the army that it would protect Palestinian farmers during this year’s harvest season, there have already been three acts of vandalism in recent days. Yesh Atid cited two incidents in the village of Burin in which ten trees were severely damaged and the harvested olives of hundreds of trees were stolen. In the third incident, a number of settlers from the West Bank settlement of Tapuah attacked Palestinian olive-harvesters this past Saturday at Kfar Yasuf.

      In the Kfar Yasuf incident, IDF forces arrested two minors at the scene who refused to identify themselves.

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      • Bryan

        Which is more than can be said for your mostly one-line put-downs, Slug!

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