"The trees grow back and ultimately we hope to harvest them in the place of the unwanted inhabitants of the area."
- Yossi Peli, spokesman for Yitzhar settlement, nr Nablus.
(From Bitter Harvest in West Bank's Olive Groves, The Guardian, 14 Nov 2003).
Photo: Palestinian farmer Mahfouza Odeh, 75, embraces the trunk of an olive tree after it was destroyed, as an Israeli soldier looks on in the West Bank village of Salem, near Nablus November 27, 2005. Jewish settlers cut down and uprooted hundreds of olive trees on Palestinian farms near the West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday, residents and Israeli police said. (REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)
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