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    • Let's get real
    • 19.10.10 | 18:24 (IST)

    Question: How did olive trees become "Jewish?" 1] It takes many years to bring an olive tree into fruit, and then it may bear for hundreds of years. Planting an olive tree is what you do for your children and grandchildren. 2] Olive oil is the only economic support many extended Palestinian families have. Cut down the trees and you impoverish a village for a generation. 3] Olive trees thrive where other crops are difficult, but not on bare rock. 4] Planting olives is not the first thing settlers do. They start out on barren rocky hilltops and gradually move down. Let's repeat the question: How do West Bank olive trees become "Jewish?"

    from the article: Current West Bank olive harvest most violent in years, defense document reveals
    First published 00:41 19.10.10 | Last updated 00:41 19.10.10
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