Jayyus: The Qalqilya-area village of Jayyus is home to some 4,000 people, and agriculture plays a key role in their livelihoods. As Jayyus has its own water supply, extensive farming is possible, including cirtrust groves, avocados, guavas, olive oil and vegetables.
With construction of the Separation Wall in 2003, the bulk of Jayyus' agricultural land as 8,600 dunams – are trapped between the Wall and the Green Line. In Israeli military jargon, this is the so-called "seam zone". In 2005, the residents of Jayyus and the neighboring Palma village petitioned the High Court against the route of the Separation Wall, stating the route had political and not security goals. In 2009 the Supreme Court ruled that the route of the Separation Wall is disproportionate and the military must review alternative routes. After years of litigation and planning, the saga came to an end with completion of moving the Wall in September this year. 2500 dunams were returned to the village limits following this petition, in addition to the 800 dunams returned following an earlier petition. Currently some 5,300 dunams of Jayyus' land is still trapped between the Wall and the Green Line. Some 1,000 dunams of land was returned to the neighbouring village of Palma following this petition.
8.00 a.m. Tel Aviv, Alozorov Train Station, Sixset car park
8.30 a.m. Kfar Saba, Egged, Weizman Street corner of Tel Hai
Donations: Our financial resources are especially stretched this year and we need your donations to cover the costs of transportation. Those who contribute will receive a bottle of organic olive oil
Harvest Coalition: Since 2002, the second year of the al Aqsa Intifada, we have worked together with Palestinian farmers against all odds, as both Palestinian and Israeli harvesters endangered themselves in confrontations with the army and settlers. We eventually succeeded in helping to bring about recognition of the rights of Palestinians to work their lands and to enjoy the fruits of their labours. Over the years thousands of Israeli and international volunteers have participated in the olive harvest and agricultural work, together with members of the olive harvest coalition.
The olive harvest officially begins throughout the West Bank on October 5, with the knowledge that this year's harvest will be small. As in previous years we will focus on villages located close to settlements and which suffer from harassment, violence and looting on the part of extremist Jews, and often from bureaucratic indifference of the Israeli occupation authorities. We will also go to villages whose lands are on the other side of the Separation Wall and who experience difficulties in moving through the agricultural gates with their agricultural equipment. Military authorities have promised a lenient policy in distributing permits to enter this 'seam zone'.
The solidarity expressed in our participation in the olive harvest encourages the farmers and serves as a deterrent and moderating force.
As in the past we will work in parallel groups throughout the West Bank and in the seam zone. And again this year we will volunteer in villages located near problematic settlements.
The Harvest Coalition is a group of Israeli organisations that take part in the olive harvest.