[News] Israeli settlers steal Palestinian olive harvest in Nablus area

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  Israeli settlers steal Palestinian olive harvest in Nablus area

Nov. 1, 2017 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779421

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers reportedly stole the harvest of 
hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in the northern occupied West Bank, 
local sources told Ma’an on Wednesday.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the 
northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli settlers stole olives off 
280 trees on Palestinian lands near the illegal Israeli settlement of 
Shave Shomron.

Daghlas said that the lands belonged to Salim Daoud Abu Safat (45 
trees), Sabri Hamad Abu Safat (70 trees), Abd al-Jabbar Amin Mustafa (60 
trees), Fahmi Marie (50 trees) and Bashir Salim (55 trees).

Several reports <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779402>of 
Israeli settlers stealing olive pickings from Palestinian lands have 
emerged since the beginning of the harvest season, with NGO Rabbis for 
Human Rights reporting on a “massive wave” of thefts, which they 
described as “hate crimes.”

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West 
Bank, and acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the 
presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect 
Palestinian residents.
The majority of settler thefts committed against Palestinians are met 
with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such thefts.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli 
settler attacks or theft result in a conviction, while 95.6 percent of 
investigations of damage to olive trees are closed due to failures of 
Israeli police, according to the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din.

Yesh Din, along with Israeli rights group B’Tselem, have previously 
condemned Israeli authorities for failing to protect Palestinians from 
settlers violence <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=528317> or 
investigate attacks, particularly during olive harvest season, when 
incidents of attacks on harvesters and their olive groves have been a 
near daily occurrence in past years.
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