Monday, April 16, 2007
commemorates the Shoah by rededicating itself to creating a second one.
One third of Israeli youth understand where the Left is leading the
3. They Uproot Trees
The Palestinians Uproot Trees, Don't They?
The tree has long symbolized the battle over sovereignty between Jews and
Arabs. So far we've only heard about Jews uprooting Arab trees. In recent
months we've often heard cases of the reverse
Ran Farhi (3/25/2007)
In recent years the Israeli media has extensively reported the cutting
of Palestinian olive trees, and the settlers are invariably the number one
suspects. Omedia has discussed doubts regarding the identity of those
responsible for damaging the trees, and suggested Palestinians as well
be cutting down trees to receive compensation from Israel or to blacken
name of their settler neighbors. Last year Palestinians were caught
red-handed cutting down olive trees. Despite such reservations, there is
ongoing Palestinian campaign to make it axiomatic that if an olive grove
exists the land must be Palestinian.
And the Palestinians and their supporters from leftist organizations who
collaborate in planting olive trees in areas where land ownership is
or in dispute have good reason. Olive trees give the Palestinians presumed
ownership over the territory. In such cases Jews are hesitant to remove
illegally planted saplings, fearing they will be accused of cutting down
trees and face arrest.
Aside from planting olive trees in numerous locations there are cases
Palestinians, in conjunction with pro-Palestinian activists (both Israeli
Jews and foreigners), cut down Jewish trees in Judea and Samaria.
Sometimes the uprooting is accompanied by planting olive trees in that
very same area
for the purpose of asserting a reverse claim. The absurd in all this is
the Civil Administration is late in arriving and then generally declares
area a closed military zone, which bars Jews from approaching the site. In
recent months at least three incidents of uprooting occurred. That they
received little media exposure goes without saying.
The Uprooting of the Sdeh Boaz Garden
Nearly a month ago on Tu Bishvat (Feb. 3, which fell on Shabbat) a group
15 Palestinians and seven radical leftists, including the notorious
activist Ezra Naawi, arrived at the Sdeh Boaz outpost in Gush Etzion and
uprooted dozens of Jewish fruit trees. They then proceeded to plant olive
trees in their stead, an action tantamount to planting a stake for the
Palestinians. The fruit trees had been planted three years ago. A wooden
structure erected by Jews at the spot was wrecked.
According to the outpost residents, their relations with Palestinian
in the vicinity are relatively good and they claimed most of the
disturbances in the region are instigated by leftist activists. "The
Palestinians in the adjoining fields work here on a daily basis unmolested
and in a number of cases we have even helped each other out," says Amit
Barak, a resident of the outpost. "It's a pity that a group of extremists
activists looking for weekend action creates disturbances that harm both
sides. Amit claims near the outpost there are dozens of plots belonging to
Arabs who cultivate their lands unhindered, whereas the extreme left
activists arrived in the company of Palestinians who do not own land in
After the uprooting the residents of the outpost received a directive not
approach the area of their garden, since it was suddenly declared a closed
The Palestinians Uprooted 4,000 Trees
Two days after Tu Bishvat, on a Monday, a massive uprooting of saplings
place on a piece of land belonging to Israelis. The previous day members
the Bnei Akiva youth movement from the school in Sussya had set out, with
authorization, to plant 5,000 pine and cypress trees on a plot of land
the Meitarim Industrial Zone in the South Hebron Hills (8 km south of
The youths' attempt at planting was hindered by a leftist activist,
Reform Rabbi Arik Ascherman, who aids the Palestinians. He tried to
them from continuing, and only after Civil Administration personnel
on the scene and showed him the required permits were they allowed to
The areas where the trees were planted is included in the master plan for
the industrial zone, which permits Jews to plant there. That night
Palestinians uprooted 4,000 of the trees. Ironically the area actually
belongs to the Jewish National Fund, and who happens to be the local
National Fund representative in the South Hebron Hills? None other than a
Palestinian from the village of Yatta!
They Plant Olives and Uproot Bushes
On the Nof Hanesher Farm, located near the community of Beit Yatir and run
by Yaakov Talia, Palestinians planted hundreds of olive trees on land
had cultivated for 15 years. This land was then expropriated from Talia by
an order signed by Central Command Head Yair Naveh. The order bars Jews
entering the area, while granting Palestinians access. The Palestinians
advantage of the opportunity to create facts on the ground, planting
hundreds of olive trees.
Meanwhile Talia reported Palestinians had cut down his hyssop bushes,
were on the pastureland where he was permitted to graze. These bushes are
essential for his flock, and he maintains they were cut down to reduce
source of food.
This accumulation of facts attests to a situation in which Israel is
gradually conceding its sovereignty and its rule of law while abandoning
Jewish agricultural property to the mercy of the Palestinians. The myth
the Palestinians are deeply attached to trees, perhaps as opposed to the
Jews, plays into the hands of those who use trees for political purposes.
When the trees belong to Jews, the tree is merely considered another tool
the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. It is well known that the Jewish-Arab
conflict in Israel is tied to the struggle over land, such as the struggle
between the Jewish National Fund's pine and cypress forests (only in
years have they begun planting olive trees), and olive groves, typically
seen as a Palestinian symbol.
All of the above information was only made public on Arutz Sheva, a radio
station identified with the settlers, and never managed to reach the
public. Why was such pertinent information never published in Ha'aretz or
central news sites such as NRG? Such information is obviously newsworthy.
Perhaps these media outlets consider the uprooting of Jewish trees by
Palestinians too commonplace - a "dog bites man" story - or see it as a
curiosity. Whatever the reason, tree removal by Palestinians deserves
exposure as well.
4. Rabbi impersonator Michael Lerner finds a new "meaning" in Holocaust
Mikey of Meaning has a long history of fraud:
5. The new Campus Anti-Semitism:
6. Olmert's Yom Hashoa address included:
'Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a keynote speaker at the ceremony, warned of
those who "had not yet learned the lesson the Holocaust. Many gather at
respectable academic institutions, with hatred of Israel blinding them."'
Did he mean Ben Gurion University?
Meanwhile, Olmert spent Holocaust Remembrance Day with his Holocaust
7. As part of its continuing campaign for the annihilation of Israel,
Haaretz - the Palestinian newspaper printed in Hebrew - is running a
series of articles denouncing the trips by Israeli high school students to
see the detah camps in Poland. These trips actually change the students
into Zionists and people unwilling to commit Oslo, the columnists at
Haaretz argue with straight faces. Among the columns opposed to the trips
is one by two high school students. From th enames, one of those appears
to be the son of a leftwing professor of political science at teh Hebrew
8. Current Events Question: When a BBC reporter is murdered in cold
blood by Palestinian saages, how long does it take for the BBC to blame it
all on the Jews?
9. DePaul's reckless regard for the truth:
10. The University of Indoctrination: