Early this month, Occupation forces stopped a group of volunteers southeast of Bethlehem, where they had gone to plant almond trees on land threatened with confiscation. The lands are near the settlements Teqoa and Noqedim, where Foreign Minister Lieberman lives.
More than 20 soldiers, along with more than 25 settlers and police dogs, came down at the volunteers. The barred them from carrying out the planting, and forced them to the ground.
The spokesperson for the popular committee in the Bethlehem area stated that the volunteers that volunteers had been detained for more than two hours.
The blocking of a tree planting is the latest in a series of attempts by Occupation forces to repress the activities of the popular committees in Bethlehem.