Haaretz, Aug 14, 2017


A Palestinian received permission to harvest his wheat at the beginning of August. The experiment failed: The wheat had already withered completely



The methods of preventing access have been intimidation, harassment, vandalism, arson, physical attacks by unknown people who look Israeli, who come down from the outposts. Then our brigade and battalion commanders and generals order the closure of large areas to their legal owners and farmers – the Palestinians, “for fear of friction.” A golden opportunity for the outposts to take over those lands, or part of them. Just around Jalud and its neighbors, some 10,000 dunams (2,500 acres) of Palestinian land have been lost.

[...] The High Court of Justice may have ordered the authorities in 2006 to allow the farming of the land (by escorting the farmers a few days a year). But the brigade commanders can always say, Oops, for security reasons (meaning we don’t want to upset the settlers) we are unable to escort farmers or allow plowing, planting, spraying, reaping or harvesting at the required times.

This is what happened, for example, to Ibrahim: At the end of 2016 he requested permission to plant wheat in February on about 250 dunams, two kilometers from his house. The problem: The outposts Ahiya and Esh Kodesh overlook the area.