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Efrat residents planting on their town's border to prevent Arabs from grabbing the land.

Palestinian Authority Arabs uprooted 21 trees planted on Friday by Jews living in Efrat to protect the community’s border.

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On Friday, as the Jews were planting the young trees, an Arab “came over and told them the saplings wouldn’t last the weekend,” an Efrat resident told JewishPress.com.

Sure enough, on Shabbat afternoon, between the hours 1pm-3pm, Arabs uprooted all the trees planted by the Jews.

Overnight, Arabs Plant Illegal Olive Grove on Efrat’s Border

On Thursday, Arab farmers planted a massive grove of hundreds of olive trees along the northern border of the Dagan neighborhood of the town of Efrat. Much of the planting took place secretly overnight.

The olive saplings planted by the Arabs hug the border of the town’s northern neighborhood of Dagan, essentially blocking its future development.

The land on which the trees were planted is in Area C – under complete Israeli control – and has no private owner. It was set to be declared Israeli state land.

The Palestinian Authority is following the Fayyad plan to illegal build homes and plant fields as close as they can to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria to stranglehold them.

The Israeli government’s response has been very minimal.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.