Picking olives under occupation

Families in the village of Qusin with properties close to the illegal settlements Shave Shomeron and Shave Shomron, make an attempt to harvest their olives but soldiers forced them to leave.

One of these families has been unable to access their land for the last nine years due to settler attacks and pressure from Israeli soldiers. Another family tried to pick olives about ten days ago but soldiers arrived and stopped them.

According to the Israeli High Court of Justice decision, Palestinian farmers have the right to access their land and soldiers must protect them. Immediately upon the families’ arrival at their land, however, soldiers confronted them and argued that for the protection of them from settler violence, it was necessary for the farmers to leave.

Also see

Qusin farmers face difficulty in olive harvest

Israeli Apartheid – A talk by Ben White

Zaytoun fairtrade Palestinian olive oil

Nablus: The Business of Occupation

Israel boots activists out over standing up for Palestinians

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