On Friday 12 December activists from SFP joined the village of Qaryot to plant olive trees along a road closed to them by the Israeli Army since 2002. The trees were planted in the name of Zaid Abu Ein, the Palestinian Authority Minister murdered by Israeli soldiers at a protest earlier in the week. The activists were attacked by Israeli Army soldiers as they attempted to plant the trees, with several being hospitalised due to tear gas inhalation and being hit with rubber coated steel bullets and the gas canisters fired direct at their bodies.
Qaryot, to the south of Nablus city, is surrounded by illegal Jewish-only colonies. The violent Jewish settlers have been attempting to steal more land and link the illegal colonies. The olive tree planting action, arranged by SFP and the village, attempts to prevent them stealing more Palestinian land and affirm the villages right to access to their village, cut off by the various illegal colonies and closed military zones.
SFP is continuing to support villages across the West Bank area of Palestine plant their land with olive trees and Zatara (a Palestinian herb) to reclaim their stolen land from the Occupation. To help us help more villages please donate to our campaign to buy more trees and herbs. Also, if you would like to make a donation as a Christmas present then if you email us the name of the recipient we will send you a gift certificate to let your loved one know you brought olive trees for Palestine for them for Christmas.
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