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Burin, Nablus District: Settlement guard expels farmers from their land; the next day, settlers steal their tools

On 12 October 2021, members of the Najar family were harvesting olives on the southern side of the village. A settlement security guard who arrived from the direction of Yitzhar drove them away on the pretext that the harvest days coordinated for them by the military were over. The family members were forced to leave their land, hoping to return the next day to collect their work tools. The next day, a villager documented settlers stealing the tools from the grove from the balcony of his home.

One of the trees damaged by the settlers. Photo courtesy of the landowner
One of the trees damaged by the settlers. Photo courtesy of the landowner

Al-Mazra’ah al-Qibliyah, Ramallah District: Settlers steal crop off some 30 olive trees

On 12 October 2021, village residents noticed several settlers harvesting olives in a grove owned by Assad Shreiteh (45) south of the village. When the residents approached the grove, the settlers fled toward the outpost of Haresha, established in 1997 about 100 meters away, taking sacks full of olives with them. When Shreiteh arrived at the grove, he discovered that the settlers had harvested and stolen all the fruit off some 30 olive trees, broken some of the branches and knocked over the water container. Shreiteh reported the damage to the village council, which updated the Palestinian DCO. The next day, Israeli DCO personnel arrived and surveyed the land, without coordinating with Shreiteh or speaking with him.

The plot from which the settlers uprooted and stole the seedlings. Photo courtesy of the farmers
The plot from which the settlers uprooted and stole the seedlings. Photo courtesy of the farmers

Sabastiya, Nablus District: Settlers uproot and steal some 800 fruit tree seedlings and damage fence funded by Oxfam

On 12 October 2021, several families from Sabastiya discovered that settlers had stolen some 600 apricot seedlings and about 200 olive seedlings from their land, which lies about a kilometer southwest of the town and some 100 meters from the settlement of Shavei Shomron. The settlers had also dismantled and stolen a gate erected at the entrance to the plots, and damaged part of the barbed wire fence surrounding them. The land was prepared for cultivation in 2019 with support by Oxfam, after being abandoned due to proximity to the settlement. Oxfam also funded the purchase of the seedlings, fence and gate. Settlers previously damaged seedlings in these groves in January 2020.

Kafr Qadum, Qalqiliyah District: Settlers try to steal olives; soldiers hurl stun grenades at farmers, setting 80 olive trees on fire

On 5 November 2021, at around 2:30 P.M., Hilmi Shteiwi (61) was picking olives with his family on their land east of the village when he spotted two settlers picking olives off trees in another of his plots, which lies some distance away. Houses in the settlement of Kedumim were built adjacent to the plot, which the military forbids Shteiwi from entering without prior coordination. Shteiwi drew near and saw the settlers had filled three sacks with his crop.  

Meanwhile, other farmers who had heard that the settlers were stealing olives arrived, followed by a police car and soldiers. The two settlers fled when the police arrived, and Shteiwi managed to take the sacks of olives from them. Some of the residents entered into a confrontation with the soldiers, who hurled stun grenades and fired rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The stun grenades started a fire that burned down some 80 olive trees, 14 of them owned by Shteiwi.

Shteiwi filed a complaint against the two settlers who had harvested olives in his grove at the Ariel police station. 

Trees in the grove from which the olives were stolen. Photo courtesy of the farmers
Trees in the grove from which the olives were stolen. Photo courtesy of the farmers

Kafr Qalil, Nablus District: Settlers steal olives off 300 trees

In mid-October, villagers noticed settlers some distance away, harvesting olives in a grove belonging to Suliman al-Kini (28) that lies 600 meters south of the village. The military forbids al-Kini from accessing his land without prior coordination. The residents reported the theft to the Israeli DCO. Two days later, DCO representatives returned seven sacks to al-Kini containing about 140 kilograms of olives. However, on 23 October 2021, when al-Kini was finally allowed to reach his land on a date set by the military, he discovered that settlers had harvested and stolen most of the crop off 300 of his olive trees – many more olives than the amount returned to him.

A settler in Yihya al-Kurdi’s land. Photo courtesy of the grove owner
A settler in Yihya al-Kurdi’s land. Photo courtesy of the grove owner

Burin, Nablus District: Settler harvests and steals olives from villager’s grove

On 12 October 2021, a village resident filmed settlers harvesting and stealing olives from the grove of another resident, Yihya al-Kurdi (47), which lies about a kilometer east of the village. He updated al-Kurdi, who has been barred access to his land without coordinating with the military since the outpost of Sneh Yaakov was established about 500 meters from it. Al-Kurdi reported the acts to the Palestinian DCO, the Red Cross and several human rights organizations. Later that day, the Israeli DCO contacted him and informed him they had gone to his land and found no one there.

One of the trees in Qusai Qadumi’s plot harvested by settlers, with the houses of Kedumim in the background. Photo courtesy of Qadumi
One of the trees in Qusai Qadumi’s plot harvested by settlers, with the houses of Kedumim in the background. Photo courtesy of Qadumi

Kafr Qadum, Qalqiliyah District: Settlers steal olives off 200 trees surrounded by settlement fence before military allows Palestinian farmers in

On 24 October 2021, farmers from Kafr Qadum in Qalqiliyah District came to their plots of land, which are surrounded by the fence of the settlement of Kedumim. It was the first day of the harvest season allotted to them by the military, which forbids them to access their land without “coordination.” Upon arrival, three of the farmers discovered that settlers, who enjoy exclusive access to the plots, had already picked all the olives off their 200 trees.

The settler leaving with the sack of olives, in full view of the security forces. Stills from video.
The settler leaving with the sack of olives, in full view of the security forces. Stills from video.

Qaryut, Nablus District: Israeli security forces guard olive theft from Palestinian grove

On the morning of 18 October 2021, about 30 members of the Johar family from the village of Qaryut in Nablus District came to the first harvest day the military had allotted them on their land. They found a settler harvesting their trees, escorted by soldiers, Border Police officers and a settlement guard. The soldiers helped the settler gather his equipment and leave with the olives he had picked. When they checked the grove, the family discovered that settlers had harvested most of the olives from about 120 trees and uprooted and stolen about 10 fruit-bearing olive trees, leaving only pits behind. The family’s grove is located about 4 kilometers southeast of the village and is hemmed in on either side by the outposts of Kida and ‘Adei Ad.

Jbarah Shtiyeh holding one of the branches cut down by the settlers. Photo courtesy of the witness
Jbarah Shtiyeh holding one of the branches cut down by the settlers. Photo courtesy of the witness

Salem, Nablus District: Settlers harvest grove of 39 olive trees, steal crop and break branches

On the morning of 18 October 2021, Jbarah Shtiyeh (61) came to his land on the first harvest day the military had allotted him and discovered that settlers had harvested all 39 trees in his grove, which lies about a kilometer northeast of the village, and stolen the olives. The settlers also broke many branches and threw them on the ground.

Yasuf, Salfit District: Settlers steal harvesting equipment from grove

On the morning of 17 October 2021, Nasser Snobar (42) from the village of Yatma in Nablus District discovered that settlers had entered his land and stolen harvesting equipment: eight tarpaulins, four ladders and a rake for shaking the trees that he had left on his land the day before. They also damaged cooking equipment. According to Snobar, the value of the stolen equipment is about NIS 1,300 (~408 USD). The grove lies within village land of Yasuf, about 700 meters west of Yatma.

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