Anat Rosenwaks and I just came back from Twaneh where 120 olive trees, which belong to the Amor family (planted in 1974), were cut down during the night between January 5-6. This is the family’s only plot. These photographs speak for themselves; it was like walking through a graveyard.
The military sent a scout this morning to examine the field and he found footprints leading towards Maon settlement, which is located a few hundred yards away. Evidence suggests that many people were involved in perpetrating this crime, since all 120 trees were cut down by hand-saws and last night at around 8:00 pm they were still whole.
Moreover, the residents of Twaneh heard the people of Maon partying last night following the news that Sharon’s condition was fatal. It appears that after the party some of them went to commit the crime.
NEVE GORDON teaches human rights at Ben-Gurion University in Israel and is the editor of From the Margins of Globalization: Critical Perspectives on Human Rights. He Can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.