Thursday, October 10, 2013

Since 1967, Israel has bulldozed Palestinian olive trees equivalent to 33 Central Parks.

 Visualizing Palestine released this new infographic today, highlighting the issue of Israeli destruction of Palestinian agricultural land. The group said in a press release:
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.
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