This report, detailing 33 attacks on farmers in October, shows that farmers have faced an average of more than one attack per day from either settlers or soldiers. The Occupation forces were directly involved in 52% of the incidents while in the remaining cases their absence at the scene ensured that settlers could continue their violence.
The attacks are almost evenly distributed between physical assaults (including detention), destruction of property and denial of access to land (including closures, curfews and the fencing off of olive groves), with settlers and soldiers perpetrating all three types of attacks.
The escalating violence of settlers and occupation forces in the West Bank during the olive harvest is a direct result of Israeli policy of land theft through settlements and the Wall and the construction of a two-tier system of racial superiority for Jewish Israelis over the indigenous Palestinian population. Nothing short of a comprehensive end to the displacement and racial discrimination of Palestinian people will stop the attacks.
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