Friday, October 22 2010 Olive Harvest in Hebron and Settler Attack During Olive Harvest in Susia
The olive harvest in Hebron went smoothly; this despite two soldiers poking their heads into the olive grove, informing that it was forbidden to harvest without coordinating beforehand, then disappearing. Things couldn’t have been more different in the South Hebron Hills. There, the day began in Umm Zeituna with the army’s attempt to kidnap (sheepnap?) a sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd and the frightened mammal’s release by activists. From there the activists moved on to harvest on the Abu Sabha family’s lands adjacent to Susia. Some fifteen minutes later a number of settlers arrived, claiming the land was theirs. The police, always the neutral arbitrator, decided to solve the disagreement by seizing the olives harvested by the Palestinians. Subsequently masked settlers arrived from the direction of Susia. The settlers threw stones at the Palestinians and the activists, and approached them wielding knives. One activist was injured by a stone in the leg and required medical attention. The activists’ car was also damaged, and the truck used by the Palestinian farmers had its tires slashed. Two Palestinian youths were detained by the IDF and held outside for an extended period of time with their hands cuffed and eyes covered. This attack was not an isolated event, but rather makes up part of a wave of settler attacks on Palestinians and activists in the area of M’saffar Yatta in recent weeks. Two weeks ago another activist was attacked with stones and the activist’s car damaged, this also in the Susia area. In the week preceding the second attack, a settler shot at a Palestinian near Bir al-Eid. Palestinians and international activists were also attacked near Tiwani that week The olive harvest in Hebron went smoothly; this despite two soldiers poking their heads into the olive grove, informing that it was forbidden to harvest without coordinating beforehand, then disappearing. Things couldn’t have been more different in the South Hebron Hills. There, the day began in Umm Zeituna with the army’s attempt to kidnap (sheepnap?) a sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd and the frightened mammal’s release by activists. From there the activists moved on to harvest on the Abu Sabha family’s lands adjacent to Susia. Some fifteen minutes later a number of settlers arrived, claiming the land was theirs. The police, always the neutral arbitrator, decided to solve the disagreement by seizing the olives harvested by the Palestinians. Subsequently masked settlers arrived from the direction of Susia. The settlers threw stones at the Palestinians and the activists, and approached them wielding knives. One activist was injured by a stone in the leg and required medical attention. The activists’ car was also damaged, and the truck used by the Palestinian farmers had its tires slashed. Two Palestinian youths were detained by the IDF and held outside for an extended period of time with their hands cuffed and eyes covered. This attack was not an isolated event, but rather makes up part of a wave of settler attacks on Palestinians and activists in the area of M’saffar Yatta in recent weeks. Two weeks ago another activist was attacked with stones and the activist’s car damaged, this also in the Susia area. In the week preceding the second attack, a settler shot at a Palestinian near Bir al-Eid. Palestinians and international activists were also attacked near Tiwani that week.
The olive harvest in Hebron went smoothly; this despite two soldiers poking their heads into the olive grove, informing that it was forbidden to harvest without coordinating beforehand, then disappearing. Things couldn’t have been more different in the South Hebron Hills. There, the day began in Umm Zeituna with the army’s attempt to kidnap (sheepnap?) a sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd and the frightened mammal’s release by activists. From there the activists moved on to harvest on the Abu Sabha family’s lands adjacent to Susia. Some fifteen minutes later a number of settlers arrived, claiming the land was theirs. The police, always the neutral arbitrator, decided to solve the disagreement by seizing the olives harvested by the Palestinians. Subsequently masked settlers arrived from the direction of Susia. The settlers threw stones at the Palestinians and the activists, and approached them wielding knives. One activist was injured by a stone in the leg and required medical attention. The activists’ car was also damaged, and the truck used by the Palestinian farmers had its tires slashed. Two Palestinian youths were detained by the IDF and held outside for an extended period of time with their hands cuffed and eyes covered. This attack was not an isolated event, but rather makes up part of a wave of settler attacks on Palestinians and activists in the area of M’saffar Yatta in recent weeks. Two weeks ago another activist was attacked with stones and the activist’s car damaged, this also in the Susia area. In the week preceding the second attack, a settler shot at a Palestinian near Bir al-Eid. Palestinians and international activists were also attacked near Tiwani that week.