Mayor of Beit Furik, Aref Hanani, said that the occupation authorities decided to impede the Palestinian farmers and townspeople from reaching their lands near the “Itamar” settlement to harvest olives.
Hanani affirmed that the decision came out suddenly hours before the farmers headed to their lands, adding that Israeli occupation limited the period for farmers to pick olives which enables them to only harvest 10% of olive trees.
Hanani considered the ban decision an opportunity for colonial Israeli settlers to steal Palestinians’ olive harvest.
Earlier in October, Palestinian farmers began the olive harvest in the occupied West Bank. Meanwhile, IOF-supported Israeli colonial settlers systematically assault the Palestinian farmers and uproot their trees.