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Thursday, December 16, 2004

tree destruction pictures

a few days ago, a group of west bank colonists entered the palestinian village of jayyous and destroyed 117 olive trees. it got a brief mention in haaretz, the palestine chronicle, and perhaps nowhere else. a group called ecumenical accompaniment programme in palestine and israel, however, has posted pictures on their website.

olive tree destruction is a particularly insidious form of economic terrorism. these trees are the only means of livelihood for many palestinian farmers, and they take years to mature to the point that they can produce fruit. a destroyed tree is a difficult thing to replace.

besides being insidious from this perspective, and besides being at the moral level of a kristallnacht window-smashing, it's also particularly insidious from the standpoint of jewish halakha. the destruction of fruit trees during sieges is proscribed outright in the torah. deuteronomy 20:19 states:

When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees of the field people, that you should besiege them?

the last line - in hebrew: ki ha'adam etz ha-sadeh - is well-known. the religious colonists of zufin who destroyed the trees certainly know the laws, as surely as they know that they can get away with these crimes.

when they showed up at 8 am, the villagers called for help, but you know how these things go. take it away, flava...

Now I dialed 911 a long time ago
Don't you see how late they're reactin'
They only come and they come when they wanna
So get the morgue embalm the goner...

You better wake up and smell the real flavor
Cause 911 is a fake life saver

So get up, get, get get down
911 is a joke in yo town
Get up, get, get, get down
Late 911 wears the late crown

the army showed up IN THE AFTERNOON!

how did the colonists manage to destroy 117 trees? they came WITH A BULLDOZER!

if palestinians try to get rifles to defend themselves, they're terrorists, and this justifies driving tanks through, and firing missiles at, residential neighborhoods. if illegal colonists wreak havoc with a bulldozer, they get half a day to play, then the army shows up to send them home. if the israeli government applied proportionately the standards to illegal settlers that it applies to the palestinians that it is required to protect, it would be dropping ten megaton bombs on the colonies.


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