800,000 Palestinian olive trees razed equivalent to destroying Central Park 33 times

06:50 PM | 3 Apr, 2015
800,000 Palestinian olive trees razed equivalent to destroying Central Park 33 times
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PALESTINE (Web Desk) – 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.

 

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.