Please see below for a summary of this year’s olive harvest.
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This winter, RHR assisted Palestinian farmers in over a dozen villages exercise their court-mandated right to safely and completely plough and plant on their agricultural lands located near settlements or outposts. RHR’s field team assists these farmers by providing a protective presence in situations where there is a threat of settler violence, and by assisting them in coordinating with the Israeli army for both access and protection in certain areas. Sometimes coordination is required with the army, and sometimes Palestinians request it out of fear for their safety. Continue Reading
Every fall, Rabbis for Human Rights brings hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with Palestinian farmers during our Olive Harvest campaign. Our presence provides protection against possible settler intimidation, enables farmers to pick within the limited number of days that they can safely do so, and has also become an act of solidarity between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. As the fall 2014 harvest season comes to a close, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann,director of RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, updates us on how it went. Continue Reading
Rabbis for Human Rights has been in contact throughout the plowing season with Palestinian landowners from the villages Jit, Far’ata, Aimtan, Sara, Tel, Kufr Kadum, Burin, Madma, Hawara, ‘Urif, Ein Abus, Awarta, Beit Furik (above the Itamar settlement), Rujib, Salem, Dir Hatib, Azmut, Sinjil, Karyut, Mahms (near Migron) and Mureir. Despite our repeated requests of Israeli security forces to protect the Palestinian plowing, there is still tremendous disorder. There have been repeated attacks, such as: blocked access to agricultural lands but both settlers and soldiers; attacks by settlers; uprooting and cutting down of trees; attacks on herders; damage to equipment and more. A significant number of farmers are still waiting for approval to enter their lands to plow.
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No access to Palestinian farmers to their lands.| cc: flickr – Reaper with Sickle (after Millet) By artanonymous
A. Wheat Harvest:
Yanoun: There is a dirt road that leads eastwards in the direction of the Jordan valley. Settlers from one of the outposts of Itamar, apparently “Hill 777” next to Upper Yanoun (called “the Gidonim” area by the army) attack every Palestinian farmer who attempts to pass. There is no other way to reach 200 dunams of wheat fields in that area. A conversation with the head of the DCO led to an official response that “no one, neither settlers nor Palestinians will pass there as the area is subject to friction…” but in fact the settlers frequent the area without problems from the army.
In Awarta the wheat harvest has been completed without any problems. In the village of Farrata they also finished the wheat harvest without incident. In Burin in the area near the Shomron army base, where there have often been problems in past years, the wheat was harvested without interference.
The problems bringing in the harvest in the South Hebron Hills have already been reported elsewhere (fires, attacks, bureaucratic obstacles). Unlike the small gains in the Shomron, the Judea region has seen no improvement in coordination. Enforcement of Palestinian rights to work the land in area C however, still leaves a lot to be desired throughout the West Bank, as the settlements continue to expand there.
B. Problems of Access and Vandalism to Trees:
In the village of Dir Amar, next to the Jewish settlements Neriya and Nahniel, Palestinian farmers discovered during a coordinated plowing day on 12th June, 20012 that 60 old olive trees had been damaged, many of them completely cut down. The suspicion is that the source of this vandalism is from one of the settlements in the area, but since there are so many difficulties coordinating plowing there it is difficult to know when exactly this act of destruction was carried out. Nevertheless, and with our encouragement, a complaint was lodged with the police in Modiim, who sent the owners on to Beth El to produce documents to prove ownership. (This is how the labyrinth of the occupation bureaucracy makes life impossible for these farmers, leading many to give up any hope of justice.)
New orders to expel shepherds from the grazing lands east of the Alon road – the area adjacent to the village of Mureir – have been issued. We will investigate the extent of the problem and report back.
C. Summer Camps with the Jahalin:
Our preparations for Jahalin summer camps continue. We donated an awning (500 shekels ) for use at the Jabel camp next to Azaria and will soon be purchasing arts and crafts materials. Any earmarked donation for sports equipment or food for the kids (there are 60+) during the camp is very welcome. The camp, led by a local Bedouin teacher and her sisters, will run this year from June 24th until July 12th on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m until 12:00 a.m.
We are looking for additional volunteers, preferably youngor youngat heart, Arabic-speaking, with special summer camp skills (arts, music, sports…) to donate their time and energy. Transport will be provided. For more information and registration contact Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann050-2110639 or Yohanatan Shefa 050-2025997.
There will be another 4 or 5 summer camps running at the same time at Khan El Achmar, Abu Hindi, Anata and possibly Abu Nawahr to which we have been invited to contribute if we have enough resources. These camps are being run by our colleagues from Vienta de Tierra or the Combini Sisters with whom we have cooperated over the years. UNRWA, YMCA and “Clowns Without Borders” are also assisting.
We will be looking for volunteers later this summer – end of July and early August to participate in a project in the South Hebron Hills of repair and renewal of water cisterns in the area. Anyone interested in helping please leave contact details at the RHR office by the end of June: telephone 02-6783611 Note: this will entail strenuous early morning physical work.
In most places the plowing has progressed without serious hitches this past week (the week before Pesach). Many villages were given four days to complete their plowing before the Jewish holiday and told there would not be security for them to continue plowing during the week of Pesach. Some contacts such as in El Genia, Awarta, complained that this is not enough time to plow adequately. In El Genia our intervention led to an army promise of more days after the festival, despite an initial threat of “no more days”.
According to our local contact in Awarta there was an incident there last Thursday (5th April) in which three settlers, apparently from Itamar, came down, one with a fierce dog, shooting into the air and attempted to frighten the plowers away. The army was called and their intervention prevented the incident getting out of hand, but the farmers remain reluctant to plow there without any army protection, which as of this report is no longer scheduled in the area.
wishing all our supporters Happy Pesach and Easter!
A group of jurists and human rights activists, accompanied by Palestinians, was detained this week without authority by settlers and an IDF officer. The police were called, but did not help the delegation, and its members remained helpless during an unnecessary questioning by an IDF officer. The settlers started to act as the police and demanded to see the IDs of the delegation members (and indeed photocopied them). Read how the police, IDF and the settlers work together while the rule of law is absent. Continue Reading
Harvest at Awarta
Parashat Hashavua “Bereshit” | What Will Be | What Was | Torah Thoughts
Following is Dvar Torah for this week’s parasha, Parashat Bereshit, written by Rabbi Dalia Marx. We will be happy if you will join, the coming week, the olive harvest and watch our activities in the Jerusalem encampment (Hebrew). Hag Samech Continue Reading
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