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      Threats on Jewish Sovereignty in Gush Etzion

      The Palestinian Authority and its foreign supporters conducted an official planting ceremony this week at Netzer, in Area C. The question is, why?
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 1/27/2011, 4:50 PM / Last Update: 1/27/2011, 1:52 PM


      The Palestinian Authority and its foreign supporters conducted an official planting ceremony this week at Netzer in Gush Etzion.

      The question is, why?

      According to eyewitness reports from the Women in Green organization, "scores of Arabs arrived in buses and private vehicles, accompanied by international activists."

      The event took place in Area C, an area of Judea (and Samaria) which carries the status of being entirely under Israel's control. 

      IDF military personnel on the scene said the group was coming to "plant on Palestinian land. What's the problem?" the unnamed IDF officials asked Women in Green representatives.

      Netzer is located among the hills of Judea between the Jewish towns of Alon Shvut and Elazar, in the Gush Eztion region. It is a Jewish area.

      Although the IDF did not allow Jews to enter the area during the event, by noon soldiers dispersed the crowd.

      Women in Green activists meanwhile announced the group will continue with plantings at Netzer, starting this Friday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited. For more information, contact Yehudit Katzover at 050-716-1818.