For the past decade and a half, dozens of left-wing Israeli activists have come together to accompany Palestinians to their groves during the olive harvest. Despite recurring settler violence, the situation has improved over the years. It had become like the opening ceremony of the olive harvest season: last Wednesday, Israeli settlers uprooted 40 olive trees in Turmusaya, a small Palestinian village north of Ramallah. Palestinian farmers face settler violence throughout the year, but it is during the olive harvest that the attacks increase dramatically. [tmwinpost] For the past 16 years, a group of left-wing organizations have banded together to try and stop the attacks.…Read More...
The army's new hasbara video is meant to convince the English-speaking world that it protects Palestinians from settlers during the olive harvest, as if the latter were some kind of untamable beasts. With the beginning of the olive harvest, the IDF has decided to wish all Palestinians a bountiful and safe season! A new video being spread by the IDF on social media seeks to placate the worries of anyone worried about the safety of Palestinian farmers during the harvest. Focusing on Palestinians in Hebron, the video — with English subtitles, of course — announces to the world that due to…Read More...
Since the beginning of the olive harvest two weeks ago, Israeli human rights organizations have documented 10 cases of settler violence and theft against Palestinians and their property. For now, it seems like the police are doing their job. The olive harvest season, which began two weeks ago across Israel-Palestine, is one of the most heated seasons in the year for Palestinians in the occupied territories, especially for those living in Area C, under complete Israeli military control. [tmwinpost] Nearly every plot of Palestinian land designated for farming in the West Bank is located in this area, yet 60 percent…Read More... | 11 Comments
Stolen fruit, destroyed trees and harassment by the army and settlers wreak havoc with the yearly olive harvest, an essential source of subsistence for West Bank Palestinians. By Yossi Gurvitz, for Yesh Din "The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up" (Deuteronomy 28:33) "I’ve been taking care of my trees for 31 years. These are my trees, I planted them, they’re like my children," says Ali Taher Ali Salah. He is standing in his toy shop in the village of A-Sawiya, watching the children coming and going, buying toys that…Read More... | 91 Comments
At the height of the olive harvest this year, the Palestinian residents of Jayyous were assisted by volunteers from Israel and abroad. The activists came to the West Bank to combine activism and spirituality. Beyond the contribution of their manual labor, however, their very presence also helps reduce and prevent friction with the Israeli army and settlers. Read more: Why can't Palestinians harvest olives in peace? WATCH: Jewish extremist tries to stab 'rabbi for human rights' Unsure of shelter, yet praying for rainRead More... | 42 Comments
How does the IDF deal with brush fire? Depends whether it threatens Jewish or Palestinian property. By Yossi Gurvitz, written for Yesh Din In the beginning of May 2016, S., a resident of the West Bank village of Sur, returned to his village and immediately noticed heavy smoke billowing from his land. Normally in such cases one hastily summons the firefighters; but we are dealing with the West Bank under Israeli military rule, so things tend to get complicated. [tmwinpost] S. grows olives on his land, where he owns around 100 trees. He lives off the olive harvest, estimating that…Read More... | 5 Comments
Although the ongoing political stalemate has continued for years and peace seems like nothing more than a fantasy, joint Israeli and Palestinian initiatives seeking to put an end to the occupation and promote a political settlement remain undeterred.Read More... | 21 Comments
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…Read More... | 6 Comments
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…Read More... | 3 Comments
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 awayRead More... | 8 Comments
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 / Activestills.org 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…Read More... | 51 Comments
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/Activestills.org 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…Read More... | 34 Comments
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…Read More... | 7 Comments
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