22nd May, 2014

Destruction of Trees

On Monday 19th May 2014, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) brought in bulldozers and destroyed between 1,500 and 2,000 mature, fruit-bearing apricot and apple trees and grape vines, in the lower valley of the farm.

This move was totally unexpected as their latest case for proving ownership has been in the Israeli Military/Civil Courts since February 2013. An appeal was also made on May 5 to protest a warning placed on the land in late April 2014 that declared the land as “State Land” and should be “evacuated”. There was no warning ahead of time about the impending destruction, so the Nassars were caught off guard with the destruction that took place. In addition to the destruction of the trees, the terraced land on which the trees were planted was also destroyed, left in a state of rubble that cannot currently be re-planted. The mature trees generate income from their fruit and would take years to re-grow, so this act represents an attack on the family’s livelihood as well as their property.

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What happened to the Nassar family is an illegal and deeply unjust act and is representative of the oppression faced by Palestinians day in day out. We must ensure that Israel is accountable for its actions and that the Nassar family, who live by the motto ‘We Refuse to be Enemies’, is supported.

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