Israel says trees planted on ‘state land’

March 17, 2011

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A spokesman for Israel’s Civil Administration told Ma’an on Thursday that nearly 100 olive trees bulldozed near Beit Dajan the day before were planted on land that did not belong to Jamal Abu Kanaan.

The spokesman said the land in question was “state land,” and said all documents necessary under law had been transmitted before the trees were uprooted and confiscated.

“This was not the first time,” the official said.

Deputy to the Nablus governor Anan At-Ateera told Ma’an Wednesday that there was “no logical explanation” for the trees to have been uprooted, identifying them as belonging to Abu Kanaan from Beit Dajan.

Village council member Naser Abu Jeish said he considered the act a “blunt violation of Palestinian rights,” adding that there was “not even an Israeli settlement in the area,” referring to the common practice of taking down olive groves to facilitate Israeli military patrols around settlements.

Maan News Agency: Israel says trees planted on ‘state land’.

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