Dozens of extreme-leftist activists went, Friday morning, to an area next to Tekoa in the eastern part of the Gush Etzion bloc of Jewish communities, south of Jerusalem, in order to plant trees. They were joined by Palestinian Authority Arabs from neighboring villages. Dozens of Tekoa residents responded by going to the area to plant trees before the Israel Defense Forces declared the area a closed military area.
Chairman Davidi Perl of the Gush Etzion Regional Council responded by saying, "We're here because this is our country and this is our land. We will relate, in kind, to whoever understands and respects this, but whoever seeks to undermine this will get a response in the form of building and the expansion of Gush Katif communities."