This piece of news is just oh so ironic.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians harvesting their olives as a “dangerous escalation”.
There have been several reports of attacks in recent days, look a week into the yearly olive harvest. But settlers have accused Palestinians of burning their own olive groves and then blaming them.
So basically these Palestinians, whose livlihood depends on olives, will burn them down – shooting themselves in the foot just to make Israelis look bad. Yeah. That makes sense.
On Monday, the Palestinian-led International Solidarity Movement said more than 100 settlers had blocked roads near the West Bank town of Qalqilya and had been throwing stones. They said four people, three internationals and one Israeli citizen, had been arrested “after being attacked by settlers” while helping Palestinian farmers pick olives.
In an incident filmed by the Associated Press on Saturday, a Palestinian photographer and a British woman were punched by settlers in the West Bank town of Hebron before the Israeli military broke up the scuffle.
The Israeli military criticised the Palestinians in the area for going out to harvest their olives without coordinating the timing with them.
Under measures which the Israeli military says are aimed at reducing clashes, Palestinians in some areas must harvest their olives according to a timetable agreed by Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
Imagine being a farmer and having to coordinate with one of the largest military bodies in the world, just to get to your own grove and harvest your own olives.
This is apartheid at its best.
Of course these incidents are not isolated and very common. Last week, Palestinians went to the village of Niâ€™lin to harvest their own lands, which have been divided and cut off by the wall. They were joined by the media as well as Israeli and international activists. Soon enough the Israeli military attacked and ten people, including two children, were injured.