QALQILIA, October 29, 2017 (WAFA) - Israeli settlers stole the olive harvest from Palestinian-owned land in the villages of Jitt, east of Qalqilya, Sunday said one of the land owners.
Omar Yameen told WAFA that landowners from the village discovered when they reached their land adjacent to the illegal settlement of Kedumim that the olive crops have been harvested and many fully grown trees were damaged and dry after being sprayed with toxic chemicals.
The owner said he also discovered sewage water being pumped from a settler’s mobile home into his land.
Farmers had obtained an Israeli army permit to reach their land to pick the olives but were shocked when they reached them that the olive trees have already been cleaned from their crops. To be noted the village residents own about 500 dunums of land in areas located near the settlement.
The olive harvest season, which has just started, is the most important income generator for thousands of Palestinian families in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.T.R.