Israeli authorities issued today a military order preventing Palestinian owners of land located close to illegal settlements south and east of Bethlehem from entering their land.
Head of the Commission for the Resistance of the Wall and Settlements, Hasan Breijieh, said the Israeli authorities issued a military order preventing Palestinian farmers from entering or staying in their lands adjacent to settlements south and east of Bethlehem.
He pointed out that this decision, which comes with the start of the olive harvesting season will remain in effect until the 31st of December, thus causing immense losses to farmers.
The decision allows only farmers who have a special permit to enter their land.
The olive harvest season, which has just started, is one of the most important for thousands of Palestinian households in the occupied territories whose income depends heavily on the success of this season.