HEBRON, A Palestinian farmer in the south of the West Bank refuses to leave his land located near an illegal Israeli settlement despite Israeli army assaults and threats and keeps returning to it.
After last week forcing the farmer, Mohammad Salibi, to leave his land located in the town of Beit Ummar, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli occupation forces today returned to find him and his family back working in their land and once again ordered them at gunpoint to leave the area, according to WAFA correspondent.
He said Israeli soldiers ordered the Salibi family members to leave their land while they were harvesting the olive crops, but the family insisted on defying the orders and continued to work in the land located near the illegal settlement of Beit Ain.
This was the second attack by Israeli occupation forces on the Salibi family since last week when the forces attacked members of the family working in the same area despite an Israeli High Court order allowing them to work there.
Attacks by Israeli occupation forces and hardcore settlers on Palestinian farmers often witness a rise during the olive harvest season, which is one of the most important seasons for thousands of Palestinian households in the occupied territories whose income depends heavily on the success of this season.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)