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Twenty centuries-old oak trees were cut down over the weekend in the Izrael valley in the Galilee. The tree stumps were discovered by Jewish National Fund forest rangers Sunday.

"The trees were ancient and beautiful," the JNF said. Officials believe that the trees were chopped down for fire wood. A complaint was filed with the police.

There have been many trees cut down this winter, including many rare and special trees, especially around the Miron Mountain forest preserve. Last week, ironically on Tu Bishvat, one of the biggest oak trees in the Mount Miron area was chopped down.

The JNF has tried to counter the deforestation by passing out firewood to the poor who can't afford heating due to rising energy costs.