DEIR AL HATAB, NABLUS
❝My family owns 224 dunums of land close to the settlement [of Elon Moreh], which we can only access during the olive harvest for one or two days a year.
❝We cannot plough the land or pick the olives properly. The few days we’re allowed are also nerve-racking because of army and settler presence.
❝Sometimes, they [the settlers] pick the good olives before we are allowed to reach our land...
❝One of the settlers set up a sheep farm on part of my land and fenced it around. To get to it I need his permission and need him to open the gate. He controls the land, which he ruined with his sheep.
❝I’m not the only one who suffers. About 8,000 dunums that belong to Deir al Hatab are inaccessible to their owners because of the settlement, the closed military zone, the bypass road, etc.
❝I was born in this land and spent my childhood on it. The land is our life and we’ve been deprived of it.❞
Ismael's full story was included in an article on humanitarian impact of de facto settlement expansion (the case of Elon Moreh), featured in OCHA's monthly Humanitarian Bulletin, January 2017 issue.