Israeli Squatters beat up woman picking olives in Palestinian West Bank (400 Attacks a Year)

SALFIT (Ma’an) — A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said.

The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, creating concern about unchecked settler violence as the olive harvest kicks off across the West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that 25-year-old Alaa Fathi Atiyani and her children were picking olives in a field in the al-Masamic area outside of Yasuf village at the time of the alleged assault.

He said that ten settlers arrived from the nearby Kfar Tappuah settlement and assaulted Atiyani, beating her “brutally.”

Daghlas said Atiyani sustained serious bruises all over her body as a result of the attack.

Daghlas added that Israeli troops arrived later and claimed to have arrested the assailants.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that “clashes” took place “between settlers and Palestinians” in the area and Israeli police arrested four people.

The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, including the second on the village of Yasuf.

On Friday, settlers from Kfar Tappuah attacked the village and burned down several olive trees belonging to a villager. None of the assailants were reportedly detained by Israeli authorities after that assault.

Because the attacks occur outside of the village, they largely fall in Area C, which is under complete Israeli military control and thus beyond the purview of Palestinian security forces, who rarely intervene.

Villagers are thus subject to the whims of Israeli authorities, who rarely intervene in the violent attacks or prosecute the perpetrators. Arrests, meanwhile, are largely symbolic, and assailants are rarely charged.

The spate of attacks come as the 2014 olive harvest, a major source of income for Palestinian farmers, begins across the northern West Bank, and just weeks before harvesting begins across the south.

Attacks on the fall harvest are a key way that Palestinians are forced out of their homes and their lands confiscated for settlement construction, as the loss of a year’s crop can signal destitution for farmers with no other way to support themselves.

According to a 2012 report on Israeli settler violence released by the Palestine Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, every year the olive harvest period sees the highest peak in attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.

Over 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers between January and mid-October in 2012, according to OCHA.

In 2013, there were 399 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Mirrored from Ma’an News Network


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6 Responses

  1. Funny, not a word about the bomb the good people of Yasuf detonated at the busstop at Rechalim Jct on the southern end of the municipality. Jewish children wait there every morning though the attack, 3 weeks ago detonated too early. Then, Friday, October 10th, 2014 another bomb was placed there. Jewish children sighted it and ran. If you are going to discuss an issue discuss it fully.

    • Are you suggesting the lady did the bombings? Or the Palestinian children fired rockets from Gaza? A hundred eyes for an eye. Isn’t that your saying?

    • The area you speak of is under the control of the Civil Administration of the Israel Defense Forces. The settlers that live there do so in violation of international law and the IDF occupation itself is unlawful.

      It is sad if any children are targeted for violence, but Palestinian children have sustained far more pervasive violence at the hands of settlers and the IDF. Additionally, Palestinian children in the West Bank have been abducted for interrogation by Israeli security officers and placed on trial in IDF military tribunals that have a conviction rate of over 99%.

      Were these illegal Israeli activities to cease, Arab violence against Israeli Jewish citizens would likely drop correspondingly.

    • Maybe if the Israeli’s stopped acting unfairly towards the Palestinians and stopped bombing their women and children, then these kind of attacks would stop too.

  2. This is sad that they are even being persecuted picking Olives. To watch this brought teas to my eyes. These people have been picking olives like this for thousands of years.

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