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Settlers assault farmers, attack vehicles in Nablus
Published Thursday 24/10/2013 (updated) 30/10/2013 13:38
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In 2012, settlers damaged or destroyed over 7,500 olive trees
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Thursday attacked several farmers in the Nablus district, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers assaulted Palestinian farmers who were harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin.

One farmer suffered severe bruising as a result of the attack

Meanwhile, settlers hurled rocks at Palestinian cars near the Huwwara military checkpoint south of Nablus, damaging several vehicles.

The settlers also assaulted an Israeli journalist in the area, Daghlas said.

On Wednesday, armed settlers prevented farmers in the Bethlehem village of Tuqu from reaching their land to harvest olives.

A day earlier settlers destroyed over 53 trees in Kafr Laqif village west of Qalqiliya.

According to a 2012 report on Israeli settler violence released by the Palestine Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, every year the olive harvest period sees the highest peak in attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.

In 2012, settlers damaged or destroyed over 7,500 olive trees between January and October, according to OCHA.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
24/10/2013 13:00
The story may be true, and it may be exaggerated, but
it is also definitely true that "farmers" assault "settlers",
and their vehicles with deadly rather than "bruizing" effects.

2 ) Frenchie / France
24/10/2013 14:35
Tobias, can you prove that farmers assault settlers? Thanks for the link(s) if ever you have one or more to give us.

3 ) Jacob / Israel
24/10/2013 16:14
Frenchie, are you banned on Google or something? Just search for "Jew murdered by Palestinian" or "Israeli murdered by Palestinian" http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-09-21/israeli-soldier-killed-in-west-bank-by-ex-palestinian-colleague

4 ) Joe Fattal / USA
24/10/2013 17:08
I don't believe settlers like olives. Pickles olives, olive in salads, on a pizza, stuff olives and back in the Jewish tradition oil from olives were sacred then, oil for burning candles and so on. Instead of uprooting olive trees and damage the olives why don't they take the olives. I guess stupidity comes in every shape and form.

5 ) Jonny / UK
24/10/2013 17:09
Sure Tobias - farmers brutally hurling themselves at the iron bars of the settlers, callously assaulting the rock hurled at them. This is a well documented phenomenon, if you cannot see the reality you must be blind. According to B'Tselem 49 Palestinians were killed by Israeli civilians between 2000 and 2010 ....

6 ) @ Frenchie-2 / USA again
24/10/2013 18:12
Perform your own google search for words like "terror attacks israel", and for decades the word you will find associated most often is "Palestinian", and when Palestinians are shot along a security fence, they are called "farmers".

You're welcome "for the links":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_suicide_attacks
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-man-killed-in-suspected-terror-attack/
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=635204
etc.


7 ) Simcha / Israel
24/10/2013 18:17
I was a witness to the assault on the journalists. The reporter was attacked with rocks and pepper spray, the camera man was knocked down, and a valuable camera was stolen from him.

8 ) nasser el jada / usa
24/10/2013 18:59
tobias can you prove that my people assualt the settlers i have seen it with my own eye when the start driving by and shoot at people and when we react to it we are the bad people when need to get your facts strieght before you say anything

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/10/2013 10:50
To @ #6: 'Perform your own google search for words like "terror attacks israel", and for decades the word you will find associated most often is "Palestinian".' I imagine you'd get similar results for occupied Poland in 1939-45. The victims would be poor Germans, and the perpetrators of the 'terror' those nasty Poles.
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