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  • Why can't Palestinians harvest olives in peace?

    Data shows that the police simply cannot prevent Israeli felons from ruining the yearly Palestinian olive harvest. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Yesh Din recently published our yearly datasheet, which tracks the lack in law enforcement in the West Bank when it comes to Israeli civilians harming Palestinians and damaging their property. The 2015 datasheet looks rather familiar to the 2014 one, which in turns looks all too similar to the 2013 one. All in all, a chronicle of a failure foretold. Between 2005-2015, Yesh Din followed 1,104 ideologically-motivated crimes in the West Bank. The rate of failure in solving the cases…

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  • WATCH: Jewish extremist tries to stab 'rabbi for human rights'

    Volunteers and activists were accompanying Palestinian olive harvesters in the West Bank to help protect them from settler attacks. A right-wing Jewish extremist threw stones at and attempted to stab president of Rabbis for Human Rights, Arik Asherman, following an olive harvest coordinated with the Israeli army on Friday. Nobody was significantly injured in the incident. Rabbi Asherman and a group of Israeli and international activists arrived to accompany Palestinian farmers to their privately owned olive orchard, located near the illegal Israeli outpost of Gideonim, which is an offshoot of the Itamar settlement. [tmwinpost] Following the harvest, the Palestinian farmers…

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  • WATCH: Olive harvest marred by arson, vandalism and violence

    Palestinian farmers from the West Bank village of Yasuf are forbidden from accessing their olive groves for much of the year. When they are given access during the olive harvest, they often find their trees cut down or burned by settlers. But even when they turn to police, the vast majority of their complaints lead nowhere. Social TV looks at the most recent olive harvest. Related: PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grain WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk away

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  • PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grain

    For the first time in 14 years the farmers of Salem decided to reach their agricultural lands without permission from Israeli authorities. It wasn't long, however, before Israeli settlers and soldiers came to disturb their work.  Text and Photos: Ahmad al-Bazz / Every December, just after they have finished tilling their soil, Palestinian farmers in the West Bank head back to sow their land. Some of them plant wheat while others sow barley or other kinds of seeds. However, not all Palestinians can do so freely. Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians watch harvest season disappear before their eyes

    In the village of Salem, as elsewhere in the West Bank, Palestinians are forced to harvest their olives according to the whims and restrictions of Israeli authorities. Photos and text by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/ As every year in October, Palestinian families in the West Bank head to their groves in order to begin the olive harvest season. The harvest for any given family might take a few days or several weeks depending on the number of olive trees they have. In the village of Salem, near Nablus, the daily olive harvest routine is for families to go out at 6:00 in…

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  • West Bank mosque set ablaze in suspected settler attack

    The olive harvest is historically a period when settler violence against Palestinians and their trees increase. The name of a local settlement from which two youths were arrested last week is spray painted onto the mosque's wall. A West Bank mosque was set on fire and vandalized early Tuesday morning in what on the surface appeared to be a hate crime attack by Jewish settlers. A local Palestinian official, Hamza Dereya, said that Israeli settlers entered the village of Aqraba before dawn, according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA. The vandals set fire to the village’s mosque and spray painted…

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  • 'Land isn't enough; the army takes olives, too'

    I teach writing at a Palestinian university in the West Bank. Several of my students have been gracious enough to share their experiences with +972, albeit anonymously. This is the second of four short essays. Read part one here. I went with my family to our olive groves in order to pick  olives. We went there full of happiness. When we arrived each one of us took his pail and stared to pick olives. We raced to see who could pick the most olives as quickly as possible. When we finished in the afternoon, the Israeli soldiers came and forced…

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  • The silent axe: Driving Palestinian olive farmers off their land

    The daily terrorism directed against Palestinians in the West Bank is reliant on the despair Palestinians have for the Israeli justice system. A case in point: olive trees burned to the ground. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Amira Hass last week wrote about the "quiet terror attacks," the ones Israelis don't hear about. They occur on an almost daily basis and they are directed at Palestinian agriculture. Time after time, Palestinians' trees are set on fire, uprooted or cut down. Time after time, it happens in an area that is under Israeli control. Time after time, it happens within spitting…

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  • Settler violence: Think of it like burning down a Jewish business

    When violent hate crimes happen so often they become a non-story. Imagine a series of attacks on shops and businesses in your city. Every night, a gang of hooligans breaks windows, damages goods and sets fire to a different store. Now imagine that this same gang only targets businesses owned by a specific group of people - say, a chain of local stores owned and operated by blacks or Jews. The attacks go on for years and only worsen with time. If the store owner happens to be there, he or she is beaten and left bleeding at the front…

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  • For Israel's police, settler violence is but a fantasy

    The Israeli right-wing likes to claim that Palestinians fabricate the destruction of their olive trees. The police disagrees. Not that they are any good at catching the terrorists. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you? Deuteronomy, 20:19 One of the most…

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  • From walls to evictions: A week in photos - October 17-23

    This week: Palestinians face the separation wall and settler violence while harvesting olives, Afghan asylum seekers protest while under pressure in Brussels, Israelis face eviction from public housing, Palestinians debate prisoner exchanges, new barriers are built in Hebron, West Bankers wait for work, and Palestinian children face soldiers and water shortages.                            

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