HEBRON/AL-KHALIL: Settlers burn ancient olive trees in Tel Rumeida



31 May 2011

Settlers burn ancient olive trees in Tel Rumeida

by Esther Mae

At 4:30 p.m. on
27 May 2011, CPT received a call that settlers set fire to olive orchards on
the Abu Haikel property in Tel Rumeida. 
By the time Paulette Schroeder, Laurens van Esch, and Esther Mae Hinshaw
arrived at the Abu Haikel house, the fire had almost gone out. 

One of the Abu
Haikel sons took the CPTers to the scene of the fire. As some of the trees were
still smoldering, a Palestinian fireman from the Hebron Municipality continued
to monitor the scene.  The fireman
reported that soldiers had taken all of their new fire hoses and given them old
hoses to use. Later, when the CPTers asked the soldiers to return the new
equipment to the last remaining fireman, they did not respond.

The fire affected
sixteen ancient olive trees, some more than a thousand years old, in an area of
almost two dunums (one-half acre).  The
soldiers from the post nearby yelled at the CPTers to leave the field, but CPTers
called out to them that they were on land belonging to the Abu Haikel family,
who had invited them to be there.  When
the CPTers continued to take pictures, the soldiers took no further action.

Asked whether the
trees would one day produce olives again, the son responded, “No, they’ve
burned them for the last seven years.”

See more photos of the Abu
Heikels’ burnt fields and olive trees at https://cpt.org/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=23097.



Read More Stories

Dozens of people crowd toward the entrance of a checkpoint, waiting for Israeli military to open the gate.

Privilege of movement

Basic freedom of movement in Palestine—walking to the grocery store, driving to visit family, or flying internationally—depends on your nationality, race, and religion. As a Palestinian, you are denied these rights as others in your country move freely.

A person wearing a red CPT vest walks along a road with the apartheid wall to their right, covered in graffiti and towering over them.

Dear White Supremacist

CPT Palestine team members engaged in a friendly and introductory conversation with a white person, but it took an unexpected turn.

a graphic image with large bold text reading FREE MORIA 6

After the 2020 fire in Moria

Six young migrants are made scapegoats of a failed EU migration policy – Call for fair and transparent trial for the Moria 6 on 6 March 2023 in Lesvos! 

Skip to content