May 27, 2018

IT'S NOT TERRORISM WHEN WE DO IT:

A Palestinian Vineyard Annihilated With Chainsaws, With a Chilling Message in Hebrew: Vandals slashed hundreds of mature grape plants near Hebron, and the odds that the culprits will be caught are slim (Gideon Levy and Alex Levac May 24, 2018, Ha'aretz)

The grapes are shriveled. The vineyard is dead. Reduced to a large, dried-out, yellowing stain in the heart of the verdant region along Highway 60 where the road runs past the town of Halhoul, north of Hebron. The "yellow wind" that David Grossman wrote about 30 years ago is a dying vineyard here. Two plots of land, with hundreds of vines that were slashed, their stems and shoots sawed off - and within a week everything here had withered and died.

This is a particularly horrible sight because all the damage was wrought by the hand of man. A wicked, loathsome hand that hates not only Arabs but despises the land itself. In fact, we can assume that it wasn't just one individual who raided and destroyed this vineyard late Tuesday night last week. To saw off that many plants in such a short time requires a few pairs of nasty hands. And someone also had to smear the threatening words in Hebrew on a rock: "We will reach everywhere." All before first light illuminated the dark deed.

When dawn broke, the owner of the vineyard, Dr. Haitham Jahshan, a hematologist, arrived and couldn't believe his eyes. His vines had been ravaged. First he saw one sawed trunk, then another and another - a sea of butchered vines, whose grapes were grown to be eaten, not for wine - until the full scale of the calamity hit home.

For his part, Musa Abu Hashhash, a field researcher for the B'Tselem human rights organization, says he's never seen an act of so-called agricultural crime on this scale.

Posted by at May 27, 2018 7:36 AM

  

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