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Since 1967 Israel has razed over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees, the equivalent to destroying Central Park 33 times over

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This week marked the start of the annual Palestinian olive harvest, an ancient tradition on which 80,000 families still rely for their livelihoods. Yet these families face growing economic hardship due to Israeli land confiscations, access restrictions, settler attacks, and not least the widespread uprooting, destruction and theft of the trees themselves.

The infographic ‘Uprooted’ focuses on the staggering fact that Israeli authorities have uprooted over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees since 1967, the equivalent to razing all of the 24,000 trees in New York’s central park 33 times.

This graphic is being released as part of Visualizing Palestine’s 2013 crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. We would love if you could share the campaign URL with the graphic and through social media.

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9 Responses

  1. Woody Tanaka on October 10, 2013, 9:42 am

    This poster is a great way to visualize this crime against humanity.

  2. eljay on October 10, 2013, 10:11 am

    >> Since 1967 Israel has razed over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees

    Just one small way the supremacist “Jewish State” makes the desert bloom.

    Anyway, it’s not possible that supremacist Jews razed over 800,000 olive trees because, according to Zio-supremacist “history”, Palestine was a land without a people or trees for a people without a land or trees.

  3. Eva Smagacz on October 10, 2013, 11:18 am


  4. Kathleen on October 10, 2013, 1:34 pm

    I often think about this vicious and criminal apartheid strategy of the Israeli government, illegal settlers…wiping out an agricultural revenue source for Palestinians. An ancient means of making a living. Like the U.S. pigs who wiped out the buffalo so that the source of food, clothing and a way of life for native Americans was wiped out. Crimes against humanity…both.

    My dear friend Christian Peace Maker Team Member Peggy Gish has been with the Palestinians as they harvested what is left of their olive trees harvest. At one point when illegal settlers were viciously attacking the harvest Israeli soldiers came in and told Peggy and her Palestinian friends to halt the harvest. Peggy who is mild mannered went up to the Israeli soldiers and told them that they needed to join the harvest and help not try to stop it. She backed the soldiers down.

    Have read that the Israeli government, military and illegal settlers have actually dug up some of the more ancient olive trees and replanted them in areas of land that they have stolen. Despicable!

    Will spread this around

    • ritzl on October 11, 2013, 5:26 am

      Yep (“wiped out the buffalo”), and what the zios here seem to always conveniently forget (and are continually reminded of) is that this 18-19. century behavior is taking place in real time. And, as eljay always says, is ONGOING. In a 21. century context with all the lessons learned by morally thinking, “never again” people about the KNOWN malevolence of it all.

      That they/zios seem to ignore that that context is the definition of [self-]”deligitimizing.” They/Israelis never seem to get that. Oh well. The proverbial die is cast (per seafoid). Too bad for Israel that it chose to adopt a 19. century colonial way in an anti/post-colonial world era/mindset (generally). There were options, none good, let alone perfect, but options nonetheless. At every step of the way.

  5. James Canning on October 10, 2013, 1:40 pm

    One would like to see this story on the front page of The New York Times. But I am not counting on it.

  6. on October 11, 2013, 3:39 am

    With over 240 million planted trees, Israel is one of only two countries that entered the 21st century with a net gain in the number of trees. Due to massive afforestation efforts,[11] this fact echoed in diverse campaigns.[12][13] Israeli forests are the product of a major afforestation campaign by the Jewish National Fund (JNF).[14]

    These are the facts which this poster ignores. This is typical dishonesty and half truths which one finds here and on similar blogs. 240 million planted trees >> 800.000 trees uprooted

    • Woody Tanaka on October 11, 2013, 11:25 am

      Wow, the audacity of your statement is astounding, fnlivet. Few places in my life have I ever seen sociopathy on display so vividly. Do you really need it spelled out for you that the trees planted by the racist JNF are used to cover up zionist crimes and the ones being destroyed by the zio government are people’s livelihood? Such an immoral statement is quite sickening.

  7. Citizen on October 12, 2013, 7:18 am

    I recently read a column in the Tampa Bay Times regarding the recent poll among American Jews re what is current criteria for being Jewish. The writer, a regular writer for the paper on moral, social, ethical issues, said Jewish priorities like morality, ethics, justice are the prevailing criteria for younger Jews, including herself. She introduced the subject by telling the reader her fond childhood memories of her dear grandmother, a local female Zionist organization president, who gave so much charity money to plant the trees in Israel. Her piece displayed no awareness at all of what so many of those transplanted trees were for, concealment of Israeli-demolished local villages. She also displayed no awareness of the darker side of Zionism generally, but rather, by implication, conflated being Jewish with being Zionist.

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