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PA official: Settlers harvest Palestinian olives

Sept. 20, 2010 11:47 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2010 12:09 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers began harvesting Palestinian olives Monday in the northern West Bank districts of Qalqiliya and Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Doughlas, who heads the PA file on northern settlement activity, said settlers brought sheets and ladders "as though they were the owners of the land."

In Nablus, Doughlas said settlers from Yitzhar ascended groves in the Burin village, while in Qalqiliya, settlers from the illegal Ramat Gil'ad and Gil'ad outposts picked olives from the villages of Jinsafut and Far'ata.

The official described the move as a "flagrant violation of Palestinian rights."

Meanwhile, locals in the Burin village said clashes broke out between settlers and villagers as locals threw stones to prevent settlers from harvesting Palestinian crops.
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