As the olive harvest season begins, Israeli Jewish settlers have continued to assault Palestinian farmers in the southern villages of the occupied Nablus, north Jerusalem.
The anti-settlement activist, Bashar Al-Qaryouti, said that a group of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlements of Shiloh and Elite attacked today many Palestinian farmers from in the occupied village of Qaryut while they were harvesting olive crops from their lands.
“The Jewish settlers attempted to assault the Palestinian farmers while they were working in their land near to two Israeli settlements located in Qaryut village,” Al-Qaryouti added.
He pointed out that some Palestinian farmers were exposed to death while on the way to work in their agricultural lands, after Israeli settlers have closed the roads leading to their lands with stones and earth mounds.
The occupation settlers have been escalating violations against the Palestinian farmers, through burning their lands, as the olive harvest season approaches, the Palestinian official noted.
“The Israeli violations have caused the farmers major losses forcing them to leave their lands,” he stressed.
The number of olive trees in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip amounts to 8.5 million trees, according to the Palestinian agriculture ministry, which revealed that the olive and oil revenues represent one per cent of Palestine’s national income.