Tag archive for "West Bank olive harvest"

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Field Report: Winter 2014 Olive Tree Planting

No Comments 17 February 2014

For the last decade, as part of Rabbis for Human Rights’ efforts to stand in solidarity with our Palestinians neighbors while showing a compassionate face of Judaism to the world, RHR has planted olive trees with various Palestinian villages in the West Bank. This year, our planting felt especially urgent and needed, as the end of 2013 and start of 2014 saw an unprecedented amount of vandalism and theft towards Palestinian agriculture (below for details). Continue Reading

General, Legal Work

Legal department update

No Comments 30 December 2013

Attorney Mishirqi-Asad, director of the Legal Department for Rabbis for Human Rights, commented on the Court’s decision to reject the appeal on behalf of the settlers of Achiya Farm, a major producer of olive oil, as this was the just thing to do. On the other hand, she is concerned that the army continues to allow Palestinian land theft in Susya. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Field Report: Fall 2013 Olive Harvest

2 Comments 20 November 2013

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, summarizes the 2013 RHR Olive Harvest:

The outcomes of this year’s harvest once again underscores the absolute necessity of organizing in order to ensure the rights of Palestinian farmers are upheld as they harvest their olives. In order to complete the harvest safely and without harassment, RHR organizes activists, volunteers, staff members and attorneys in coordination with the Palestinians, the IDF and additional NGOs. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Attack near Yitzhar

No Comments 21 October 2013

YitzharattackmasksOctober 20, 2013 | PRESS RELEASE

Two Palestinian olive harvesters and two Israeli volunteers were injured today after being attacked with metal bars by extremists near Yitzhar

Today, October 20, 2013: Several extremist Israelis came down from the direction of the Yitzhar settlement and, using metal bars as weapons, attacked Palestinian farmers harvesting olives and the Israeli activists from Rabbis for Human Rights who were assisting them. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Olive tree vandalization

No Comments 17 October 2013


olivetreesburningRHR’s invitation for media coverage documenting to date olive tree vandalization 

Some 1,650 trees have been vandalized in the past two months in the West Bank with most of the damage occurring over the last month. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Attack on West Bank Village

No Comments 10 October 2013

burningolivetrees Burning olive trees at Jalud


Arson of some 400 olive trees in the West Bank

A grave attack by Israelis on the Palestinian village of Jalud in the West Bank is apparently revenge for the dismantling of an outpost. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Olive Trees Vandalized

1 Comment 08 October 2013

Olive groove. cc Wikipedia


Palestinian olive harvest opens with multiple incidents of vandalism

Despite IDF assurances that previously troublesome locations  were secured, numerous uprooted trees in multiple locations were discovered Sunday morning in the West Bank in apparent “price tag” attacks. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

The Olive Harvest is on its way

No Comments 16 September 2013

Within less than a  month the olive harvest will begin. Every year at this time Palestinian farmers from a number of villages across the West Bank receive threats to their safety, are denied access to their land or have their olives stolen, their trees poisoned, or even cut down altogether.  Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

RHR Olive Harvest Report 2012

No Comments 03 December 2012

Rabbis Day at the olive harvest: 31.10.12 in Sinjil. In the photo: Rabbi Ehud Bandel

Over the 2012 season, RHR was involved in coordinating the olive harvest in 39 Palestinian villages. In addition to bringing groups of volunteers into the field to help ensure the safety of farmers, RHR intervened with the Israeli army’s Civil Administration to guarantee access to agricultural lands, made site visits to several villages, and otherwise took actions to ensure the greatest possible realization of Palestinian farmers’ rights to livelihood and security. Through this work, RHR gathered information, either directly through our own involvement or via contacts with farmers and other villagers, on incidents in the field. The following is a brief report of our activities, along with an overview of the principal statistics we gathered through the course of the 2012 olive harvest season.

By: Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

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General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Press release: One of the most difficult weeks in the Palestinian olive harvest in recent years: At least 6 incidents of damage caused to more than 450 olive trees.

1 Comment 16 October 2012

Picture: Rabbi Arik Aschermanlooks at the results of the harassment in the orchards of Moriyer, in which tens of trees were cut down and destroyed.

Following the severe damage to the Palestinian olive harvest, the Human Rights organizations turned to the Minister of Defense with an urgent request to organize effective protection for the Palestinians and their property. Continue Reading

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