Israeli authorities block Palestinian access to farmland ahead of olive harvest

Palestinian farmers separated from their land

The Palestine Chronicle reports on 8 October 2020:

Israel has in recent days issued 63 military orders to close areas and land planted with Palestinian olive trees, covering an area of 3,000 dunams (3 square kilometers) across the occupied West Bank ahead of the olive harvest season.

The military orders bore the signature of the commander of the occupation army in the West Bank, were dated September 17, 2020, and entitled “Closing down an area – preventing entry and stay.”

The military orders were attached to maps and aerial photos showing the locations of the land being targeted by these orders. Most are planted with olive trees.

The terms of the military orders clarified that their entry into force will be from the date they are signed until the date the end of the year.

A research report prepared by the Geographic Information Systems Unit at the Land Research Centre said that the orders targeted lands planted with olive trees in Hebron (Al-Khalil), Bethlehem, Ramallah and Nablus.

According to the unit, the orders indicated that these lands were considered part of the land belonging to illegal settlements by the occupation forces.

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