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'Palestinian' Terrace Farming's Jewish Origins

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My father, Gideon Altshuler, almost paid with his life for the afforestation of the hills around Jerusalem. In 1928, my grandfather Nakdimon was part of the afforestation project, living in a tent with his wife Chaya and their baby boy. One rainy night, the baby got sick and my grandfather carried him by horse, galloping from Shaar HaGai to Latrun, where the monks saved my father’s life.

I’ve resorted to family history to refute claims by Hanin Majadli's recent oped in Haaretz, according to which the afforestation of the Jerusalem hills started after 1948, meant to cover up the ruins of Palestinian villages. Majadli waxed poetic about the recent fire there, claiming it destroyed colonialist Zionist forests while revealing the Palestinian past. Her pining is based on an error – the intensive planting of trees in the Jerusalem hills, including pine trees, began in 1926 at the behest of the British........

© Haaretz

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