Monday, October 15, 2012

Cutting Down their own Olive Trees: Palestinians and Leftists Caught in the Act

First the JPost reports today:
A PLO official called on Sunday for international observers to protect Palestinian olive farmers and their groves, after more than 450 trees were vandalized last week as the harvest began.

“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.
Everything the PLO says needs to be taken with a few grains of salt...especially, when this video was provided today by the Shomron Settlement Council, taken today - of Palestinians and a Leftwing activist actively cutting down a Palestinian Olive Grove (what better way to demand international observers).

Too bad for them we caught it all on video.  Not that Ashrawi cares, as long as she can blame the evil Zionist Joos.
See for yourselves:

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Anonymous said...

I don't understand why they published this video. Why didn't they wait for the accusation? It would have been much more powerful.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Anonymous: They get accused daily by Hanan Ashrwai, the PLO, the PA, the UN, and Haaretz...I guess they wanted it posted ASAP since time is of the essense.

YMedad said...

That is not cutting down but an extreme trimming. ;->)

YMedad said...

Speaking is Benny Katzover, chairman of the Samaria Residents' Action Committee.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus said...

Is the name of the "left wing activist" and/or his/her organization known?

Also, brief summary of what the speaker at the end is saying please...

aliyah06 said...

yes, please--I can hardly hear the speaker even with the volumn turned up.

Yonatan said...

Anonymous - the story hit Drudge from AFP (France) yesterday. I was waiting for this.

Ben Waxman said...

short summary of what katzover said:

harvest season has started now for olives. nobody would cut down a tree this time of year. some group (the shomron council?) handed out video cameras so that settlement people could document the cutting down of olive trees by palis/leftists.

very quickly this group succeeded in filming palestinians cutting down trees, presumably getting ready to make a claim that jews cut them down.

these trees were cut down close to alon moreh*.

benny katzover, the speaker, made a final plea that people go out with cameras to record any other cuttings.

Shaul B said...

I don't understand how this video helps anything. I don't doubt that the perps were Lefties and Arabs, but you can't see that in the video. The Arabs could just as well grab this video and claim it's evidence that they caught settlers red-handed cutting down their trees.

Anonymous said...

Betzelem put out a press release about "settlers cutting down trees" just as this was filmed. After the settlers put this out, Betzelem claimed that this was simply pruning, and they were actually talking about a *different* incident (same time and area).

And nobody is claiming these weren't Arabs.

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