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    of the Salim family from Jayyous 8 59 am In addition to the two bulldozers working there for some days EA Gocke discovers a hydraulic excavator It is hard to see from the distance but it looks like the uprooting of trees 9 33 am The EA arrives at the olive grove together with the Swedish photographer Donald Bostroem and Israeli Eran Brin accidentally here for a solidarity picking of olives with some palestinian farmers on the sloves of the hill of the existing settlement Zufim They document the scene of continuous uprooting of olive trees At that time around 20 trees had been uprooted 10 00 am EA Gocke stays there alone among two armed settlers who told they were from the Jordan Valley while the hydraulic Caterpillar excavator CAT 330B uproots one olive tree after the other The EA informs the coordinator of the EAPPI in Jerusalem who contacts several peace groups and other institutions interested in incidents like this Through different channels they try to create resistance against the uprooting The EA also informs people from Jayyous who won t be able to get there before the next opening of the gate at 12 30 h However they argue that most of the people will be afraid to go there because of the armed settlers A guard from the quarry company tells the EA that they will build on the whole site a new settlement of 700 units within four years He offers the EA to buy some of the olive trees 11 26 am A bulldozer from the quarry arrives and paves the way across the holes where minutes ago olive trees stood to enable the excavator to go back to the eastern site of the rock plateau to start uprooting another row of trees EA

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    arrive as well as the brother of Jamil Haj Salim Tawfik Salim They are the two owners of the orchard and claim that their family has ownership for 110 years 13 44 h In separate talks with the settlers and the farmers and after studying the documents of land ownership presented by both sides the soldiers decide that the uprooting had to be stopped until a new decision based on further interrogation will be found by the army on Sunday They tell the EA that the two bulldozers working nearby on the new settlement had to stop as well Nevertheless they continue paving the area 14 02 h Accompanied by the EA and an Israeli soldier Tawfik Salim is then allowed to see what happened to his olive grove He breaks into desperate cries spontaneausly and symbolically attacking the settlers breaking down into the arms of the EA who tries to help him The excavator stops his work and leaves the compound as all other persons are forced to by the soldiers 14 31 h The EA returns to the olive grove to count all uprooted trees He counts 117 including the ten trees already transported away by the lorry Apparently one third of the olive grove has been destroyed 14 58 h Desparate farmer family of Jamil Haj Salim is waiting at the fence The EA asks a passing military jeep to open the gate for them because of humanitarian reasons The soldiers argue that the electricity of the fence is switched on and off centrally and therefore all fence openings must be synchronized However they contact higher army ranks who decide that the farmer s family has to wait until regular opening begins at 15 45 h 15 50 h h The police arrives for the 15 45

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    Crying In this moment I still do not know about Tawfik contracts back ground the whole context I am just touched by the might and force of this excavator which picks the trees in dramatic contrast to the farmers going to their fields every morning on their donkey carts Then I act However now some some things are not as they should be I do not have the right mobile The phone my predecessor should have passed to me had disappeared probably stolen I have no video camera since the only one in the programme office does not work I do not have the right equipment with me I was sent to Nablus for two days hours after arriving in Jayyous I am still living out of my rucksack I have just a mobile of the only Palestinian network Jawwal Despite the fact that the signal here on the border of Palestinian territory is extremely weak I succeed in talking to Hermina Damons coordinator of our Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel EAPPI in Jerusalem as well as to one of the people living on the other side of fence in Jayyous The protest gets started However the next time gate 25 opens is 12 30 I can do nothing other than take pictures of the ongoing destruction with my small camera Followed by two mistrustful armed settlers who say that they are settlers from the Jordan valley At around noon a truck shows up It drives to the first group of prone olive trees and lifts one after the other with its crane I approach the vehicle when it is nearly full to count the trees One of the guards asks me to help him to move the trees Incredible Another one asks if I want to buy one of the uprooted olive trees The truck driver tells me that he will take the trees to Tel Aviv for sale When he leaves the scene he just passes Tawfik s brother Jamil with his wife sun and daughter who have just arrived I join them In the beginning Jamil 65 just can say only two words among the tears and sighs Thirty five years He spent his whole working life here Now he does not even dare to approach the olive grove Too many Palestinians have been shot accidentally by Jewish guards Within minutes more and more people gather at the bottom of the slope Tawfik armed and non armed settlers A military jeep arrives Jamil s wife and his children get their last belongings out of the olive grove a ladder a water box and a bag of plastic foils The soldiers try to keep me away while mediating between the two parties Tawfik has brought some documents the settlers as well After some minutes of negotiations the soldiers decide all work has to terminate at once the uprooting of the olive trees as well as the smoothing of the soil round the quarry In three days

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    Tawfik Salim middle and his brother Muhammad left ask local member of the Palestine Land Defence Committee Abu Azzam Sharif Omar for help Soldiers from the Israeli Civil Administration for the Westbank arrive with one represantative of the settlers to discuss further development They order a new land survey report from Tawfik Salim He gets the information that a certain company Gey Lot Haaretz pretends to having bought the land in 2002 in order to build a religious kindergarten there Abu Azzam asks lawyer Wiam Shbeyta for assistance Together they go to palestinian governor of Qalqilia Mustafa Almalki He offers to pay for the land surveyor and guarantees full support for Tawfik Salim and his brother Jamil Monday Dec 13 2004 Working for a New Landsurvey Surveyor Muhammad Khalil Abu Han looks at arab map with Tawfik Salim Tawfik Salim helps surveyor fixing all points Follow Up of the Diary Monday Tuesday Dec 13 14 2004 A Break Down and Three Hours for Filing an Information Complete Diary Uprooting of Olive Trees in Jayyous Main page CHRIS EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I have been active from Dec 2004 to Feb 2005 for

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    60 minute documentary on the consequences of the Wall While telling the story Tawfik Salim breaks down once again TV team is helpful and finishes shooting quickly Tuesday Dec 14 2004 Three Hours for Filing an Information Jewish Westbank Settlement Qedumim The only place for people from Jayyous to get permits to pass the Wall in order to get to their own fields Tawfik one meter kept apart from the counter is refused a new 6 months term of permission to his field The reason given is that only his brother is mentioned as owner of the land in the paper Tawfik Salim presents Tawfik Salim in a prison like corner waiting for access to the police station Tawfik Salim shortly before being allowed to enter the area of the Israeli police station in the settlement of Qedumim where he wants to file an information against the company which has uprooted 117 of his olive trees It will take three hour to do that Follow Up of the Diary Sunday Dec 19 2004 Uprooting of Olive Trees Continued Complete Diary Uprooting of Olive Trees in Jayyous Main page CHRIS EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of

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    about 20 trees continued TV reporter has problems to get access to the scene Special excavator protected against stone thwrowing More uptrooted trees Excavator leaving the scene after stone throwing smashed windows Follow Up of the Diary Monday Dec 20 2004 Completing the Uprooting Complete Diary Uprooting of Olive Trees in Jayyous Main page CHRIS EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I have been

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    armed settler Truck with 20 olive trees leaving the site Some of approximately 350 uprooted olive trees with jewish settlement Zufim in the background Follow Up of the Diary Preparations for Blowing Up of Olive Grove in Jayyous Complete Diary Uprooting of Olive Trees in Jayyous Main page CHRIS EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I have been active from Dec 2004 to Feb

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    They are about one year old He believes that they are constructed to blow up the whole block to quarry it Red marked Block of olive grove likely to be blown up Follow Up of the Diary Wednesday Dec 29 2004 More Olive Trees Carried Away Complete Diary Uprooting of Olive Trees in Jayyous Main page CHRIS EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I

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