The Jewish National Fund (JNF) supported by the Evangelical is foresting the Negev
The residence of El-Araqib and activists of the Negev Coexistence Forum report that the JNF is once more extensively foresting just north of the village of El-Araqib. There is concern that the forestation will once more be extended onto the village lands.
The tractors and heavy machinery have been busy since Sunday. The lands being currently forested belonged to the Alamat Tribe before 1948, and who have since been refugees in Jordan.
It is extremely cynical that the donations are coming from an evangelical ministry named GOD-TV, who claim to have received "instructions from God… to prepare the land for the return of my Son… Plant a million trees." (See their video on http://www.god.tv/excavation minute 21:00). So – the JNF, a Jewish organization, that is "redeeming land for the Jewish people", is now supporting (and being supported by) an evangelical ministry that wishes to utilize Israel and the planting of trees – to bring about the return of Christ. Anything… that will make sure the Bedouin cannot utilize their ancestral lands for agriculture…
The GOD-TV forest is to be the extension of the Ambassadors' Forest, and continue on until the outskirts of Beer Sheva.
Photos courtesy of the Negev Coexistence Forum.