Photo Credit: Josh Hasten - Gush Etzion Foundation
Destroyed cherry trees after terrorists set fire to Gush Etzion orchard

Terrorists firebombed a Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet L’Israel) cherry tree grove on Tuesday afternoon in the community of Kfar Etzion, in the Etzion bloc, in Judea.

Equipment and trees were damaged as a result of the fire that broke out in the grove, according to Yaron Rosenthal, a member of the kibbutz and director of the Society for the Protection of Nature at the Kfar Etzion Field School.


This isn’t the first time cherry trees have been attacked in Gush Etzion.

READ: Watch Report: Arab Agricultural Terrorists Set Fire to Gush Etzion Orchards

Last year some 200 cherry trees were uprooted and destroyed by Arabs in the region.

The terrorists are aiming particularly at the cherry trees because Gush Etzion holds a much-anticipated cherry festival every year that attracts Israelis and tourists from all over the country.

A grove of 50 newly planted trees in the Jewish community of Nokdim, in eastern Gush Etzion, were also uprooted – and stolen by Arab thieves – after they were planted in memory of terror victim Ori Ansbacher, z’l, across from her home community of Tekoa.

Agricultural terrorism also takes place in southern Israel, where Hamas terrorists have been burning fields with incendiary balloons flown across the border from Gaza.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.