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All the Trees of the ForestIsrael's Woodlands from the Bible to the Present$
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Alon Tal

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189506

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189506.001.0001

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People and Trees

People and Trees

(p.185) 8 People and Trees
All the Trees of the Forest

Alon Tal

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the people who have made their lives in the forests of Israel and who used the forests for their own ends. For many disgruntled minority citizens, sabotaging woodlands is seen as a legitimate expression of Arab civil disobedience. And although nationalism is usually not the paramount consideration, in the south of Israel the trees continue to have strong political implications. Israel's forests remain a controversial political matter. This is ironic because when trees are not planted for timber profits—but only for public recreational and ecological objectives—garnering support from society for forests and forestry should not constitute a “hard sell.”

Keywords:   minority citizens, Israel, nationalism, forest, society

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