Israeli Army Blocks 200 Activists From Planting Trees With Palestinians in West Bank

The Israeli army prevented 200 Israeli left-wing activists from planting trees alongside Palestinian farmers on the occasion of Tu B'Shevat, a Jewish holiday that celebrates renewal and nature that started this week.

The initiative was launched by "Rabbis for Human Rights" and "Zazim," two human rights organization, and was supposed to take place with the participation of farmers from the Palestinian village of Yasuf, which is located in the northern West Bank.

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During the harvest period, some olive trees were vandalized in land plots near the Israeli settlement of Kfar Tapuach, and the Israeli activists wanted to be present when the Palestinian farmers went back and planted trees at the spot.

According to the Israeli activists, Israel Defense Forces soldiers had told them that they were not permitted to go through when they made their way to Yasuf village, although the troops did not have a warrant.