Left-wing activists celebrate Tu B'Shevat in Duma

In an attempt to show solidarity with Palestinians, left-wing activists plant trees in Duma as a belated Tu B'Shevat celebration.

Shimon Cohen,

)Tree planting (illustration
)Tree planting (illustration
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On Thursday, left-wing activists will arrive at the Palestinian village of Duma to plant trees in honor of Tu B'Shevat, even though the holiday passed almost ten days ago.

The left-wing organization "Rabbis for Human Rights" is orchestrating the event together with an organization called "the Olive Harvest Coalition." The guest of honor at the event will be MK Issawi Frej of Meretz and members of the Dawabshe family. 

More than 400 trees have been donated for the event. According to event organizers, this will "respond to the more than 11,000 trees that were uprooted by activists in Judea and Samaria in the past year."

Palestinian media regularly report on alleged mass uprootings of Arab-owned trees, but scant evidence is ever provided and in many cases the claims appear to have been entirely fabricated or grossly exaggerated.

Following the planting, a joint prayer will be said in Arabic and Hebrew "that emphasizes the important place that trees have in both the Muslim and Jewish religion," according to a statement made by the organizers. 

Left-wing activists will also hold a tree planting event in the illegal Bedouin town of Az-Zarura which is located in the Negev on Friday. 




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