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Video: Women in Green Take Action

Women in Green takes a planting initiative in response to an Arab takeover of Jewish lands in Judea and Samaria.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/10/2011, 9:41 PM / Last Update: 3/11/2011, 4:20 AM

A new video being distributed by the Women in Green movement, headed by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, shows the activities done by the group in response to the Arab takeover of Jewish lands in Judea and Samaria.

As the video explains, the takeover by Arabs is made possible since the Civil Administration, by its own admission, does not enforce the law in the PA Arab sector. The Arabs take advantage of this fact to take over Jewish lands.

“It began with a single greenhouse,” said journalist Haggai Huberman. “And who would destroy a single greenhouse? It’s just one greenhouse. Soon after that, another greenhouse was erected, and then another, and then another. You can see that in the greenhouses there are also permanent houses. They expanded the village and reached the road that leads to the communities of Elkana, Shaarei Tikva, and Etz Ephraim, and they are continuing their activity, with Palestinian Authority funding. They are establishing facts on the ground.”

Huberman added that “they (the Arabs) are taking over while, on our side, the Civil Administration, apparently on orders from above, stands by helplessly…unfortunately, they’ve (the Arabs) adopted the old Zionist method that says: ‘the place where the plow furrows, there the border will be determined’ and the State of Israel, in its indifference and its carelessness lets them carry this out.”

In light of this situation, the Women in Green decided to respond by leading an initiative to plant trees between the communities in Gush Etzion.

“We are doing the work to impel the Civil Administration, the army, and everyone to guard our state lands,” said Yehudit Katsover.

“We planted hundreds of trees here,” added Nadia Matar, “and we will guard these trees. We made a statement: If the government won’t guard these lands, then it is our job to do so.”

The success of the project has led to Women in Green to decide to copy the initiative to other areas as well.

“We have already planted several dozen dunams here, and we already setting out in other directions to other hills that are also in danger,” noted Katsover.