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Mapping trees that are in high risk of uprooting at Shapira Neighborhood, Tel Aviv-Yafo

August 24th, 2012 by shaief

Published originally on my website

About two months ago, on June 12th, we woke up to the sounds of heavy machinery. Through the window we saw a bulldozer and a crane uprooting olive trees from the area behind our house. We went outside and stood in front of the bulldozer and caused its operator to stop working. The crane continued to work, so we jumped on a tree. By doing so we prevented the work for about a month and saved 1 out of 4 trees that were uprooted at that day.

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