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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Arabs cut down their own olive trees to achieve propaganda "victory"

Arutz Sheva: Left-wing activist Arik Asherman admits that he knows of incidents in which Arabs cut down their own olive trees in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) in order to later blame the Jewish residents and thus benefit from a "propaganda" victory. So says Aviad Visouly, head of the Haifa/Northern branch of the Land of Israel Organization, in a letter to the Samaria/Judea Police Department.

Visouly, who has been looking into allegations that the most recent case of alleged olive-tree cutting was perpetrated by those who would disparage the Jewish residents, presented the police with a series of 15 pointed questions on the case. One of them pertains to the fact that Fawzi Hassan Hussein, who filed a police complaint against the destruction of his trees, said he does not even own the cut-down orchard, but rather another one near Yitzhar.

Fawzi also told Visouly that the PA's agriculture department pays the damages for cut-down trees from money arriving from Saudi Arabia.