Our lands are under attack
In recent years, settler attacks on agricultural lands across the West Bank have seen a rise–between January and October of 2019, OCHA recorded a monthly average of 27 attacks, whereas in 2018 there were an average of 25 monthly attacks, an average of 14 monthly attacks in 2017, and an average of 8 in 2016. These attacks result in Palestinian casualties–physical injuries, attacks, harassment by the Israeli police or military sometimes resulting in arrests and certainly stolen time–as well as damage to property.
Between January and October of 2019, the incidents reported resulted in the damage of over 6,200 trees, of which most were olive trees. Almost half of these were located in the Nablus governorate.
During the olive harvest in October 2019, OCHA partners recorded a total of 26 incidents of Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian farmers, their trees, or their products. This is an increase from 19 recorded incidents in 2018 and 20 in 2017 during the olive harvest period.
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