400 Trees Planted on Threatened Land

7 February 2009

On Friday, February 6, members of the Committee in Solidarity with Landowners, along with Israeli and international solidarity activists, joined members of the community in Husan where they planted approximately 400 trees on land near the settlement of Beitar Illit, which is threatened with confiscation. The committee, which is made up of people from Beit Jala, Husan, and Beit Ommar, was organized a few months ago to support the villages particularly in the Western Betlehem District who have already lost land through the construction of the Annexation Barrier and settlement expansion, and will lose further land when the Barrier is completed in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc area. Husan is one of half a dozen Palestinian villages among the Etzion settlements; the Annexation Barrier is going to be built around the settlement bloc, leaving thousands of Palestinians including the residents of Husan on the “Israeli side” of the Barrier, cut off from the rest of the West Bank and a future Palestinian state. Because of their precarious position, PSP helped to create the solidarity committee, which is dedicated to uniting Palestinian communities around protecting their land against confiscation and their continued dispossession. The committee have committed to continuing these solidarity activities, the coordinator of the committee said, sending “a clear message to the occupier that we will not compromise on our land, whatever the occupation brings.”