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The West Bank's 'Rotten Apples'

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During the olive harvest season, the fountains of Israeli evil, cruelty and chutzpah erupt in their most concentrated form. The wellspring of this God-fearing violence does not distinguish between young and old, man and tree, between destruction and sabotage and crop theft.

It is violence that knows the soul of its government. After all, the West Bank is dotted with surveillance cameras, with the watchtowers and observation posts of the Israel Defense Forces, with military and police armed patrols. Despite all this, our destroying and sabotaging forces in the olive groves always return home safely. From the same arenas. To the same home bases.

In the span of two weeks, from October 3 until 16, there were at least 18 Israeli assaults on harvesters and their trees. The list compiled by human rights group Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights is difficult to read. On October 3, our forces struck five times: They assaulted a farmer, chopped down trees, prevented harvesters from gathering olives and on two occasions stole olives. On October 11 four similar cases of sabotaging trees........

© Haaretz

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