Today Occupation forces prevented farmers from the village of Jayyous from reaching their olive groves. Two youths, Fadi Abdul-Karim and Mohammed Maaz, were beaten and arrested when they tried to harvest their familiesâ olives.
***image2***This type of aggression from the Occupation is not uncommon in Jayyous, a village northeast of Qalqilya. Last week, Occupation forces prevented an elderly Bedouin woman from returning home after walking to Jayyous to receive medical treatment. The woman is part of a family that lives on Jayyousâ agricultural land, most of which has been isolated by the Wall. She crosses over to Jayyous every morning to receive cancer treatment, and returns to her home in the afternoon. On Saturday November 1, however, Occupation forces refused to allow her to go back to her home in the afternoon. The woman was forced to seek the aid of two volunteers from the World Council of Churches, who were able to escort her across when the gate opened again in the evening.
These most recent abuses of Palestinian rights in Jayyous come at the same time as the Occupationâs High Court is meeting in Jerusalem to consider a case to amend the route of the Wall in the village.