AL JANIYA | RAMALLAH
Abbas owns land located inside the perimeter fence of an Israeli settlement, with two plots of olive trees.
An understanding with the Israeli authorities that allowed him to continue accessing his land was suspended between 2000 and 2006, during which time most of the trees were reportedly vandalized or uprooted.
Since 2011, farmers from Al Janiya have been allocated 3-4 days during the olive harvest season, and 1-2 days during the ploughing season, to access their land, following prior coordination with Israeli officials.
The authorities prevent some farmers from using tractors to plough their land, citing potential damage to the settlement’s sewage network.
In 2016, Abbas reported that the 50 olive trees that remained in this area had yield an average of ten gallons of olive oil per season, generating an income of approximately US$1,000, down from 30 gallons generating US$3,000 prior to 2000.