Quotation from David Kishik “The tree is the ennemy soldier” — Sep. 7 2006

"Inspector General" from 1984 to 2007 of the Israeli so-called "civil administration" of the occupied Palestinian territories. In 2020, it was reported that he had planted an olive grove on Palestinian lands.


Author : Thematics :

The tree is the source of the problem. It’s not just an incidental thing like [it is] in the Bible. Here, the tree is not only a symbol of the Arab’s occupation of the land, but it is also the central means through which they carry out this occupation. […] It’s not like the tree is the enemy’s property, in which case the Bible tells you not to uproot it because it has nothing to do with the fight. Here it has everything to do with it. The tree is the enemy soldier. Like children, their trees look so naïve, as if they can’t harm anyone. But like [their] children, several years later they turn into a ticking bomb.


Quoted by Irus Braverman, Uprooting Identities: The Regulation of Olive Trees in the Occupied West Bank, Political and Legal Anthropology Review 32.2 (2009), pp. 237.

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