NABLUS, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers stole today equipment used by Palestinians to harvest their olive crops in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, according to a local official.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, said settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar stole equipment used by Palestinians to harvest their olive crops, including wooden ladders, and flat sheets of plastic, among others.
Palestinians look forward to the annual olive harvest season, which is a major income source for thousands of Palestinian families in the West Bank.
In addition to stealing olive harvest from farmers, many areas planted with olive trees are closed to farmers due to their proximity to Jewish settlements or fall behind the Israeli apartheid wall.
According to the Israeli human rights information center, B’Tselem, the dispossession, and violence that mark Israel’s policy in the West Bank peak during the olive harvest, when Palestinians need to access their land to pick the olives off their trees.
"The overall conduct of the Israeli authorities during the olive harvest season is indicative of the unlawful policy that Israel has implemented in the West Bank for decades. This policy centers on dispossessing Palestinians, including farmers, and preventing any possibility of development – willfully ignoring the needs, rights, and wishes of the Palestinian population while continuously expanding settlements, developing them, and promoting other Israeli interests," said B’Tselem.