Israel - Lulav-Snatchers Mutilate 15 Palm Trees
Israel - KKL-JNF foresters have discovered that a number of palm trees planted along the banks of Nahal Harod, situated in the northern Jezreel Valley, have been severely mutilated.
It is believed that the palm trees were cut open so that their fronds could be used as part of the four species used during Succot.
“Fifteen trees were cut in exactly the same way. We don’t have any proof or suspects, but we believe that there was an intent to steal the lulav branches from the trees. It happened very shortly before Succot. There’s no other reason we can think of that cuts like these would be made in such a systematic way,” Gill Atsmon, Keren Kayemet L’Israel - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) regional director, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
The four species comprise an etrog, or citron, willow branches and myrtle branches which are held together and waved in a special ceremony during Succot, along with the frond of a date palm.
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