We always hear the same story about those evil Jewish settlers of Judea/Samaria (aka West Bank) cutting down holy Palestinian olive trees in the middle of the olive harvest in order to steal their land/starve them out/destroy them economically, etc. And every year the Israelis bring videos and photos as evidence that the Palestinians are harming their own property purely to slander Israel and blacken its name.
Anneinpt 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 a 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.
In 2010, 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.” In 2011, Palestinians and their anarchist friends used the olive harvest as cover to collect intelligence for terrorists attacks.
Last year, Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria complained that foreign and Israeli anarchists were taking advantage of the olive harvest to help terrorists gather intelligence. The two terrorists who murdered five members of the Fogel family in March of 2011 had used the olive harvest as an excuse to gather information on Itamar, the victims’ town, and to plan the gruesome murders.
And here we are in 2012, and it’s deja vu all over again. It doesn’t matter how much the settlers protest that it wasn’t them; the world is simply too eager to believe the worst of them. And once again, the Palestinians and their eager anarchist helpers from the extreme left have been caught in the act, destroying their own olive trees.
The “unnamed witness” in the video below is Benny Katzover, The Chairman of the Shomron Residents Council. Here is a translation of his words at the end of the video:
“The olive harvest season has begun, and with it the season of incitement. We called on the public to equip themselves with cameras, and already today we’ve seen near Elon Moreh cutting down of really big tree branches, which in the next round will be presented as “uprooting of trees”. They might be planning the next libel here.
In order to be prepared for the worst, this time we filmed the tree-cutters. They want to light a fire, either for their ovens or for their libels against the Jewish residents [of Judea & Samaria], and we caught them red-handed. The scale of the tree-cutting and its proximity to the settlement is very suspicious, also because it can be used for reconnaissance and then for security-related incidents.