The olive harvest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Infestation and Settlers Expected to Reduce Olive Harvest in West Bank

The 2018 olive harvest season will last approximately from mid-September to mid-November. However, a pest that infects olive trees, particularly in the norther West Bank, and settler violence against Palestinian farmers are expected to significantly reduce this year’s yield compared with 2017. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),…

Border police detain Avner Gvaryahu, director of Breaking the Silence, on a tour of the South Hebron Hills, August 31, 2018.

Border Police Detain Head of Breaking the Silence and 2 Other Activists in Occupied West Bank

Israeli Border Police detained on Friday, August 30, two senior members of the anti-occupation organization Breaking the Silence near the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair in the occupied Palestinian territories. The group’s executive director, Avner Gvaryahu, and communications director, Achiya Schatz, were detained for questioning by border police. Attorney Michael Sfard was also detained for…

An activist from Ta'ayush being evacuated to hospital after the brutal attack by settlers at the Mitzpe Yair outpost, Saturday, August 25, 2018

Demonstration in South Hebron Hills after Settlers Attack Activists

A demonstration against the occupation of the Palestinian territories will be held today, Friday, August 31, in the South Hebron Hills. The protest was called after settlers from the area brutally attacked Israeli activists belonging to the peace group Ta’ayush last weekend. The activists were documenting illegal construction in the unauthorized Jewish outpost of Mitzpe Yair. The activists…

Joint Palestinian-Israeli solidarity olive harvest near Al-Walaja in the occupied territories

Settlers Attack Palestinians Harvesting Olives near Hebron

Israeli settlers reportedly attacked a group of Palestinian olive pickers on Friday, October 27, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, according to the official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency. Wafa reported that settlers from the settlement of Maon, built illegally on land belonging to the nearby town of Yatta, physically assaulted…