IOF uproots 400 Olive Trees- Palestinians insist: Keep Hope Alive

Palestine Update 342

IOF uproots 400 Olive Trees- Palestinians insist: Keep Hope Alive
More than 20 armed Israeli soldiers invaded the land of Mohammad Mustafa Al-Hroub and uprooted more than 400 olive trees. Al-Hroub is a Palestinian farmer from the village of Wad Fukin, located southwest of Bethlehem. His land is located at the edge of the 1948 Armistice Line, and where the Israeli colony (settlement) of ‘Tzue Hadasa’ was constructed from another side of it. The JAI supported Al-Hroub with 400 olive trees, and also had two international groups to help him and his family plant them.

The first planting day was through the Olive Planting Program in mid-February, and the second planting day was by Nord-Norge folkehøgskole students at the end of February. Each group planted 200 olive trees. Al-Hroub witnessed the uprooting and destruction of his olive trees, and he tried so hard to stop the attack by showing the soldiers the official ownership papers of the land. The soldiers did not stop uprooting the trees, and when they finished, they confiscated all the trees and declared the land as a ‘State Land’.

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Source: Joint Advocacy Initiative

The Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) of the East Jerusalem YMCA calls on our partners and friends worldwide to:

  • Spread the news about the attack, being on one of the Keep Hope Alive – Olive Tree Campaign fields and farmers.

  • Write letters to your Parliament Members/Representatives, to condemn and put pressure on the Israeli government to stop such attacks.

  • Write letters of complaint to the Israeli embassy in your country, individually, or as a group, church, or school.

From the 8th to the 17th of February 2020, the JAI, together with the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG), have organized the Olive Planting Program, where 23 international participants + 4 international volunteers had joined. The program included 4 olive planting activities, where each the participants planted 200-250 internationally-sponsored olive trees through the Olive Tree Campaign, at threatened Palestinian fields in the villages of Jabaa, Al-Khader and Wad Foukin in the Bethlehem area.
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Anti-Zionist US Group honors women on International Women’s Day

The national branch of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is drawing criticism after honoring female Palestinian terrorists on social media on Sunday.

 “I have learned that a woman can be a fighter, a freedom fighter, a political activist, and that she can fall in love, and be loved, she can be married, have children, be a mother,” a quote overlaid on the picture reads. The tweet identified Khaled as one of the many women who “demonstrated fortitude in the face of oppression.”

Another tweet included an image of Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted of aiding in the murder of the college students Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe in a 1969 supermarket bombing in Jerusalem. She was deported from the US to Jordan in 2017.

Khaled became internationally famous in 1969 for hijacking a plane that her and fellow conspirators believed to be carrying the Israeli ambassador to the United States at the time. She, along with Odeh, is affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union. The PFLP organized many suicide bombings and other attacks during the Second Intifada, resulting in more than 100 deaths. Members of the PFLP also claimed responsibility for a 2014 massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue. Khaled compared Israelis to Nazis in a 2017 speech before the European Parliament. “You can’t compare the actions of the Nazis to the actions of the Zionists in Gaza,” she said, later adding, “The Nazis were judged in Nuremberg but not a single one of the Zionists has yet been brought to justice.”

Khaled’s image is often glorified by anti-Zionist student organizations. In 2016, Temple University’s SJP chapter tweeted a stylized image of Khaled holding an AK-47 for International Women’s Day.
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IOF arrested 471 Palestinians during February

The Israeli occupation forces arrested (471) Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of February 2020, including (95) children and women (11). Prisoners and Human Rights Institutions (Palestinian Prisoner Club, Al-Dameer Foundation for Prisoner Care and Human Rights, Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority) indicate, in a fact sheet issued today, said that the occupation authorities arrested (156) citizens from Jerusalem, and (49) citizens from Ram God and beer, (120) citizens from Hebron, (37) citizens from Jenin, and from Bethlehem (24) citizens, while (16) citizens from Nablus and Tulkarm were arrested (10) citizens, and (25) citizens from Qalqilya As for Tubas, she arrested two citizens, two others were arrested from Salfit, and (21) citizens from Jericho, in addition to (9) citizens from Gaza.

Thus, the number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in the occupation prisons until the end of February 2020 reached approximately (5000), including (43) female prisoners, while the number of child detainees reached approximately (180) children, and administrative detainees for approximately (430), and the number of detention orders Administrative issued (107) administrative orders, between new and renewal of prisoners previously issued with administrative detention orders.
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