PA official: Settlers harvest Palestinian olives
Published Monday 20/09/2010 (updated) 21/09/2010 12:09
200 olive trees have died in the past three years due to industrial sewage
from Emanuel settlement, 10 June 2005. [MaanImages/Khaleel Reash]
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers began harvesting Palestinian olives Monday in the northern West Bank districts of Qalqiliya and Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Doughlas, who heads the PA file on northern settlement activity, said settlers brought sheets and ladders "as though they were the owners of the land."
In Nablus, Doughlas said settlers from Yitzhar ascended groves in the Burin village, while in Qalqiliya, settlers from the illegal Ramat Gil'ad and Gil'ad outposts picked olives from the villages of Jinsafut and Far'ata.
The official described the move as a "flagrant violation of Palestinian rights."
Meanwhile, locals in the Burin village said clashes broke out between settlers and villagers as locals threw stones to prevent settlers from harvesting Palestinian crops.