Inspectors Catch Palestinians Cutting Olive Trees

[Maariv-Hebrew/IMRA] Tal Yamin-Walbowitz - Frequently Palestinians complain that settlers cut their trees. But the police suspect now that in some cases the Palestinians themselves are those cutting the trees and then blaming the settlers and demanding compensation from the Civil Authority. Foresters of the JNF patrolling the Shaar Efraim area surprised a number of Palestinians damaging scores of olive trees. A senior source in the police noted: "Most of the complaints for damage to olive trees were filed in recent years at the end of the harvest season or towards the end, something that increases the suspicion that this is a cooked deal."

2006-12-04 01:00:00

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