(photo credit: © DR)
The 2011 olive harvest in the West Bank was the most peaceful in years,
according to statistics obtained on Sunday by The Jerusalem Post and collected
by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories
In total, COGAT and the Civil Administration of Judea and
Samaria recorded a 52 percent drop in violence throughout the olive harvest
season in 2011 in comparison to the previous year. In 2011, 33 violent incidents
were recorded in comparison to 69 in 2010 and 50 in 2009.
COGAT said the drop in the level of violence was the result of the civil
administration’s efforts to increase coordination with the Palestinians ahead of
the season and to ensure farmers do not harvest their fields without first
coordinating with the IDF.
“In 2010, most of the violence took place
between settlers and Palestinians when the Palestinian farmers went to harvest
their orchards without coordinating with the civil administration ahead of
time,” one source explained. “This year, the farmers only harvested during set
times, which enabled the IDF to deploy there ahead of time.”
IDF presence, there were still a number of settler attacks against Palestinian
farmers including close to a dozen cases when settlers cut down and poisoned a
total of 475 olive trees.
Nine Palestinians and four Israelis were
wounded in clashes that broke out during the harvest. The Israel Police opened
28 cases against Israelis involved in the violence.
According to the
COGAT study, the settler violence peaked on October 18, the day Israel released
the first part of the 1,027 terrorists in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad
Schalit. That same day, there were close to 10 attacks against
Despite the violence and due to the overall drop, COGAT and
the Palestinian Authority concluded the season mostly satisfied with its
success. On average, Palestinian farmers harvested 80 kg. of olives per
dunam (0.10 hectare) of olive trees.