A Nightmare Season in the West Bank

Settlers destroyed crops and vandalized olive trees belonging to a Palestinian couple in their 60s. The past two weeks have seen 18 attacks by settlers in the West Bank. Some 8,000 olive trees have already been targeted this year – and the season has just begun

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Nada Salah.
Nada Salah.Credit: Hadas Parush
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy

It could and should have been their finest hour. The olive harvest. A seasonal family celebration involving an encounter with nature, cultivation of the soil and a harvest in the grove, whose trees were planted by the family’s ancestors. It’s also supposed to be their surest source of income, in the face of an unstable, fragile economy, in which no one knows what the future holds or what a random soldier at a checkpoint will decide.

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