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Shame on this symbolism: uprooting thousands of old olive trees for stupid Eucalyptus

What this song for Eucalyptus trees have to do with Zionist Israel?Why Eucalyptus is spreading strong antagonistic emotions?
Note: this is an update on a post of 2012
There is this Belgian singer Lara Fabian, born from an Italian mother, who had sung  Khourshat Haecalyptus (Eucalyptus Forest) in May 25, 2008, and in Hebrew, at the Concert for the 60 Years of Israel, at Trocadero in Paris. Lara sang in March 2010 at the “Cercle Ben Gurion” in Brussels (Belgium)
The lyrics of the song  “The Eucalyptus forest” was written by Zionist Naamat Shimer who describes her parents settlement in Tabaraya (Tiberiad in North of Palestine) in 1917 in the Palestinian towns of Samakh and Em Nounat.  
The original inhabitants of these two towns, as in  hundreds other Palestinian villages, were murdered and displaced by act of random violence and planned genocide.  These Palestinians were kicked out of their lands by the nascent apartheid and colonial State of Israel in 1948.

Arafat Kewan wrote (and posted on Samah’s wall):

“Naamat’s immigrant parents contributed with the surrounding Kibuts in planting Eucalyptus trees on a hill. This song is representative of Zionism implantation in Palestine and how her parents fought to keep this forest, and how this forest is a symbol of the “new peace”…

The problem is that Lara Fabian is invited to sing in Casino of Lebanon this Feb 14-15, 2012, and Lebanese youth are very upset that the government is acting nonchalantly on issues related to national pride, particularly that the government own a large share in the Casino.

Another singer, Armin Van Buren was programmed to sing in Lebanon after performing in Eilat (Israel) and the Youth demonstrated in front of the concert hall. Many other foreign “artists” violated the feeling of the Lebanese who are still being threatened by the successive Israel pre-emptive wars…

 The Lebanese youth sent Lara Fabian this letter:
“Beirut, January 15, 2012
Ms Lara Fabian, Greetings from Beirut.
You have declared your full support of Israel. You have sung on its 60th “anniversary,” which means 60 (by now 64) years of ethnic cleansing, house demolitions, apartheid, colonial settlements, and denial of the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees (including about 400,000 thousand in Lebanon alone) to go home.
You have sung a Zionist song in Hebrew, and declared your “love” for Israel when you finished singing it (in Paris, Trocadero, May 25, 2008).
While you were celebrating Israel’s “anniversary,” leading international artists and cultural figures of the caliber of Augusto Boal, Mahmoud Darwish, Judith Butler, Andre Brink, Nigel Kennedy, among many others, signed a statement titled “No reason to celebrate!
The statement appeared in the International Herald Tribune on 8 May 2008 and said: “There is no reason to celebrate! Israel at 60 is a State that is still denying Palestinian refugee their UN-sanctioned rights, simply because they are “non-Jews.”
Israel is still illegally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. It is still persistently and grossly breaching international law and infringing fundamental human rights with impunity afforded to it through munificent US and European economic, diplomatic and political support.
Israel is still treating its own Palestinian citizens with institutionalized discrimination.
Celebrating “Israel at 60” is tantamount to dancing on Palestinian graves to the haunting tune of lingering dispossession and multi-faceted injustice.”
More recently, heeding the virtually consensus-supported Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, tens of artists and musicians have declared their unwillingness to play in Israel just as they had done with apartheid South

Africa.
Tel Aviv is increasingly being viewed today as Sun City was in the 1980s.
Roger Waters, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Natasha Atlas, Gil-Scott Heron, The Pixies, Gorillaz, Klaxons, Vanessa Paradis, Snoop Dogg, are some of many who took a moral stand and refused to allow their art and names to be used to whitewash Israel’s violations of human rights.
You, Lara Fabian, on the contrary, chose, time and again, to entertain apartheid, crime, and occupation in Israel and to further vow your “love” for it. For that, and in line with our right to freedom of expression in Lebanon, we pledge to boycott your event in “Casino du Liban” on Feb 14-15.
We will call on all the Lebanese and Palestinians in Lebanon to boycott your shows.  We will urge our Algerian and Moroccan brothers and sisters to do the same.
Singing for love and peace on Valentine’s Day contradicts your unequivocal support for apartheid and colonization.
Our country, Lebanon, is, to this very day, subject to daily Israeli infringement on its sovereignty. Tens of thousands of Lebanese have been murdered thanks to Israeli bombardment and shelling since its inception (“independence”!) in 1948.
Furthermore, millions of cluster bombs (spread at the last day of the 2006 cease fire) are still implanted in the south of Lebanon, causing the daily death and injury of peasants and children.
Lara Fabian, the message of love should not be smeared with blood. Boycott Israel; be on the right side of history! Campaign to Boycott Supporters of “Israel” in Lebanon” End of letter.” End of letter
This habit of claiming “art for art sake” is no longer receivable. Artists, way before politicians, are to be in the front line against apartheid, discrimination, and genocide-minded policies, anywhere in the world.
I am wondering, why the early Jewish immigrants had to bring eucalyptus trees to Palestine?
Did they think Palestine is in tropical region of Africa and Burma and that malaria was the main health nemesis?
 If so, why Zionism has lied to world community claiming that they were returning “Home”, if they were so ignorant of Palestine?
Does Lara Fabian carries quinine pills in her handbag as she lands in Israel, or she heads straight to “her forest” to chew on a few eucalyptus leaves?
Note 1: Lara has cancelled her show in Lebanon after the campaign opposing her presence.
Note 2: Israel is making a habit of uprooting thousands of Palestinian old olive trees in order to make room for more settlements
Note 3: Have you read a translation of this Zionist anthem? It is a long series of terror intent and slaughter-hood of every one living in “conquered” territories. And I wonder how any sane person can still dance and be cheerful on listening to this macabre song.

 

 

Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein assassinated by Israel in a rally to save olive trees

Ziad Abu Ein dies following a confrontation with Israeli troops as he made his way to a tree planting ceremony

Ziad Abu Ein was Deputy Minister for Prisoner Affairs for the Palestinian Authority prior to his role with the anti-settlements committee.

About 100 foreign and Palestinian activists were on their way to plant trees near an Israeli settlement when they were stopped at an improvised checkpoint.

Naomi Wolf  wrote:

“Now you see the morphing headlines..on SkyNews “Palestinian Minister Dies after Troop Clash’ which suggests a militarized conflict — not a group of peaceful demonstrators trying to plant olive trees on their own land…no suggestion of a wrongful death manslaughter or assault in the headline…http://news.sky.com/…/palestinian-minister-dies-after-troop…

UK, Wednesday 10 December 2014

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has announced 3 days of national mourning after one of his cabinet members died following a confrontation with Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian leaders are holding emergency talks about the incident, while Israel says it is “reviewing the circumstances” of the death.

Mr Abbas says all options are open, following the death of Ziad Abu Ein in the West Bank.

He was taking part in a tree-planting demonstration in Turmus Aya when he was confronted by Israeli soldiers and tear gas was fired.

Witnesses also said the Cabinet member was involved in a scuffle with an Israeli soldier and there were claims he was hit on the chest by an Israeli soldier’s helmet and a rifle butt.

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He then began to experience breathing problems, and died while he was being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Mr Abbas said: “What happened today was a crime. We cannot be patient or remain quiet about what happened.

“We are open to taking up any option against the other side.”

Palestinian leaders are due to hold a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss what action they may take.

A group of around 15 Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at the protesters and began scuffling with them, witnesses said.

One marcher said Mr Abu Ein marched toward the soldiers ahead of everyone else, until he was stopped by a soldier.

He said the soldier head-butted the politician then hit him in the chest with his rifle butt.

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The Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Manuel Hassassian told Sky News: “Ziad Abu Ein was trying to explain the situation, why they were there, and what have you.

“They started pushing and shoving and throwing tear gas at the people and he was defending the right to stay there, to plant the olive trees and the end result was that tear gases were suffocating him. He fell on the ground and he was beaten before he passed away.”

Lt Col Peter Lerner of the Israeli Defence Force told Sky News: “We are investigating the specifics of the events of today. How were our troops prepared for the event, for the demonstration? What did we know? Did we know who was coming?

“We have to determine what is the actual cause of death and I’m happy to say that the Palestinians have agreed that there will be a joint investigation and pathologist both from our side and the Palestinian side will look into what exactly happened.

“Taking care and preventing an escalation of violence, we don’t want that to happen. We are currently speaking with our counterparts in the Palestinian security apparatus in order to prevent an escalation and stop the cycle of violence we face.”.

The British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “I’m shocked by the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, following clashes between the IDF and Palestinians at a protest and tree planting ceremony for Human Rights Day in the West Bank.

“We expect a swift and transparent investigation.”

Joelle Petrakian via Ramsay Shor posted on FB
‘Nobody dreamed this day would have this kind of ending’–
Zaid Abu Ein, Palestinian deputy minister for prisoner affairs, is killed during an olive-tree…
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