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In video - Israeli settlers steal olive harvest in Nablus

Oct. 4, 2018 3:21 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2018 3:24 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers stormed Palestinian-owned land and stole olive harvest, on Thursday, in the Burin village in the southern occupied West bank district of Nablus.

Local sources said that Israeli settlers stormed the village's agricultural lands and were seen stealing olive harvest off of several olive trees.

The land belongs to a number of residents from Burin.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) had set October 10th as the official start of the olive harvest season in the West Bank.

For hundreds of Palestinian families, olive trees are the main source of income, however when harvest season approaches, Israeli settlers target Palestinian lands and cause severe economic damages.

Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Israeli settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist settlers.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, while 95.6 percent of investigations of damage to olive trees are closed due to failures of Israeli police, according to the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din.

Yesh Din, along with Israeli rights group B’Tselem, have previously condemned Israeli authorities for failing to protect Palestinians from settlers violence or investigate attacks, particularly during olive harvest season, when incidents of attacks on harvesters and their olive groves have been a near daily occurrence in past years.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

The video below shows Israeli settlers stealing crops from Palestinian olive trees (Video courtesy of Mounir Qadus):

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