On Tu Bishvat, many people will be planting trees for peace. Others will be cutting them down. Which will you be?
On January 11th, dozens of settlers from the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh raided the village of Qusra and uprooted at least 210 olive trees. This kind of destruction is incessant. In October, 2012, alone, the Israeli press noted settlers destroyed nearly 600 olive trees in six Palestinian West Bank towns, not including stolen olive harvests and additional damage to trees. A UN report notes that between January and mid October 2012, settlers destroyed more than 7,500 olive trees.
It is an astonishing amount of destruction against the property of Palestinians, and against the very symbol of peace and hope for a future - the branches of an olive tree.