B"H - Every year, at this time of the year, false accusations reach the press of Jews damaging olive trees. Every time it's a lie and it's getting boring. Our Holy Torah specifically forbids damaging the enemy's fruit-bearing trees in Parshat Shoftim, Dvarim (Deut) 20:19: "When you besiege a city.. to wage war.. do not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them, for from it you will eat, and you shall not cut it". In conclusion, no G-d fearing Jew would ever touch an olive tree as insinuated and AP should assume responsibility for its editorial policy that allows these lies to pass, even if with the legally liberating formula of "A Palestinian farmer said..".
- This is talkback # 7 on Palestinians say settlers destroyed olive trees
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