Farmers, Along with Solidarity Activists, Return to Saffa to Work

20 October 2009

saffa 10_18_09This Sunday, 5 Israeli activists and 3 international activists with PSP, along with other Palestinian volunteers, joined the family of Abu Jabber Soleiby to pick olives on their land in the valley just below the Bat ‘Ayn settlement. After the deployment of a large number of soldiers last week that prevented anyone from entering the area, this week the Israeli military was caught unawares and the farmers, along with the solidarity activists, were able to work in the privately-owned Palestinian fields for nearly 2 hours, picking olives from the trees remaining after several acts of vandalism by Israeli Jewish settlers that destroyed much of the agricultural land in the area.

The action on Sunday was also an opportunity for the group to assess the area and plan for the rebuilding of vitally needed structures on the Soleiby land, including fencing for the grapevines and the reconstruction of a water well. If you would like to support this rebuilding project, which will include a replanting of the entire area with hundreds of fruit trees later in the winter, please consider making a donation via our website at: http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/donate