RAMALLAH, October 13 (JMCC) - As the olive harvest gets underway, Palestinians are finding their trees vandalized, and entire groves of olives picked clean.
“I have never seen olives stolen [from Palestinian groves] to this degree,” Rabbi Arik Ascherman, executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights, told the Jerusalem Post
Villagers in Turmous Ayya
found dozens of trees poisoned, their trunks drilled with a substance causing them to shrivel and die.
You work hard for years to tend the tree, like raising a child, and when you see it destroyed, the feeling cannot be described, Nahil Shalabi, a family member, said as she surveyed the damage. No one stops them, she added, referring to the vandals.
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