Olive Harvest in Palestine Gaza & West Bank – 2011

New pictures will be continuously uploaded during the Harvest Season

2.5  Million (Olive) Trees have been destroyed, uprooted, torched even stolen or otherwise vanished from Palestinian lands since 1967 (See Report Page 31). The Olive agriculture represents 25% of Palestine’s agricultural resources. In increasing speed, zionist occupation annexates lands and thus also olive fields of families making their living of the harvest of olives for food, export, to produce oil, soap and all related products.

During harvest every Palestinian helps to harvest from old to the young, the politicians to the normal man and woman, the children, the police, accompanied recent years by activist to protest the harvesting people against attacks from colonists. A lot of people though are prohibited to harvest their own olives due to permit restrictions, separation wall and are not even able to go onto their own land to harvest.

Olive trees are nurtured by Palestinians like children. Cultivating trees caring them can take lifetimes. These beautiful pictures show the love of the Palestinians for their olives, the harvest and the importance of International community to preserve this agriculture and source of income for the people. Hundred or Thousand year old trees are being ruthlessly destroyed by Israeli occupation or settlers.

October , 2011

A Palestinian man collects olives at the start of the annual harvest season in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 8, 2011. (Photo credit SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian men collect olives at the start of the annual harvest season in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 8, 2011. Photo credit SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian man holds olives at the start of the annual harvest season in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 8, 2011. (Photo credit SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian men empty buckets of olives into a pick-up truck at the start of the annual harvest season in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB

A Palestinian man collects olives at the start of the annual harvest season in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB

Palestinian men empty buckets of olives at the start of the annual harvest season in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB

A Palestinian man collects olives at the start of the annual harvest season in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB

A Palestinian woman picks olives during harvesting season in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian woman picks olives during harvesting season in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinian women sort olives during harvesting season in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian man looks on as oil is poured into a container at an olive press in Dir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinian farmers gather bunches of dates as they are harvested off date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

Palestinian farmers use a pully rope to haul down a bunch of dates as they are harvested off date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

Palestinian farmers sort through dates harvested from date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

A Palestinian farmer uses a pully rope to haul a bunch of dates as they are harvested off date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

A Palestinian farmer carries a crate as dates are harvested from date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

Palestinian farmers loads a crate as dates are harvested from date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

Palestinian farmers sort through dates harvested from date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

Palestinian farmer uses a pully rope to haul down a bunches of dates as they are harvested off date palm trees in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 09, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

A Palestinian farmer sorts olives in a field outside the West Bank village of Al Araqah near Jenin, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. Palestinians began to harvest olives in October, a staple for many local farmers that also use them to make oil. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

A Palestinian farmer empties a bucket of olives onto a pile, in a field outside the West Bank village of Al Araqah near Jenin, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. Palestinians began to harvest olives in October, a staple for many local farmers that also use them to make oil. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Palestinian farmers sort olives in a field outside the West Bank village of Al Araqah near Jenin, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. Palestinians began to harvest olives in October, a staple for many local farmers that also use them to make oil. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Palestinian farmers pick olives in the West Bank village of Azmut, hours after Palestinians reported an attack by Jewish settlers from the settlement of Elon Moreh, seen in the background, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

A Palestinian man picks olives during the harvest season near the village of Salem, east of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on October 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

A Palestinian family pick olives during the harvest season near the village of Salem, east of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on October 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

A Palestinian woman picks olives during the harvest season near the village of Salem, east of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on October 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

A Palestinian woman picks olives during the harvest season near the village of Salem, east of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on October 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

A Palestinian family pick olives during the harvest season near the village of Salem, east of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on October 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

A Palestinian family pick olives during the harvest season near the village of Salem, east of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on October 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

Palestinian security officers loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas help the Palestinian farmers to harvest olives near the West Bank village of Al-Zababedah, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Security officers started helping farmers harvest olives on Tuesday, providing helping hands as ordered by the Palestinian Authority. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad picks olives as he visits Palestinian farmers at the beginning of olive harvest season in the West Bank village of Feraon, near Tulkarem, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. A Hamas official said Thursday that close to 200 of the 450 Palestinians to be freed in the first phase of a swap for a captured Israeli soldier will not be allowed to return to their homes in the West Bank, Gaza or east Jerusalem, suggesting a substantial number may face deportation. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad joins farmers in harvesting their olive trees in the village of Faron, near the West Bank city of Tulkarem, on October 13, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

Palestinian security officers assist a farmer to pick olives during the harvest season in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. Security officers started helping farmers to harvest olives this week, providing helping hands as ordered by the Palestinian Authority. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

Palestinian girls pick olives during harvest season near the West Bank town of Tulkarm October 13, 2011. Photo by REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

A Palestinian man harvests olives at a grove near Farha village, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah October 25, 2011. Picture taken October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A Palestinian man harvests olives at a grove near Farha village, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah October 25, 2011. Picture taken October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A Palestinian man harvests olives at a grove near Farha village, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah October 25, 2011. Picture taken October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Palestinian women from Al-Jania village harvest olive trees at their grove located outside the Jewish settlement of Talmon, north of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank on October 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

A Palestinian man from Al-Jania village harvests olive trees at his grove located outside the Jewish settlement of Talmon (background), north of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank on October 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

A Palestinian man sorts harvested olives at a grove near Farha village, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah October 25, 2011. Picture taken October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Palestinian men sort harvested olives at a grove near Farha village, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah October 25, 2011. Picture taken October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Palestinians from Al-Jania village harvest olive trees at their grove located outside the Jewish settlement of Talmon (background), north of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank on October 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Palestinians from Al-Jania village harvest olive trees at their grove located outside the Jewish settlement of Talmon, north of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank on October 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

A Palestinian family returns after harvesting olives near Farha village, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah October 25, 2011. Picture taken October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A Palestinian man pours freshly pressed olive oil during harvest season in the village of Qarawat Bani Zeid, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah October 25, 2011. Picture taken October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Photoblog by Ruqaya Izzidien |  Al Akhbar English | Nov 4, 2011

Gazan olive oil used to be considered amongst the most luxurious in the world. Today, the blockade and attacks on agricultural land have reduced the quantity and quality of oil to a shadow of its former status. But Gazan farmers are keen to keep the tradition, and the oil, running.
The olives are either handpicked or beaten with sticks and drop to tarpaulin below. They are then scooped into bags and taken to be squeezed in one of the few olive presses in Gaza. After being cleaned, the olives begin a long journey of conveyor belts which crush, squeeze and press every drop of olive oil out of the fruit, including the pip which also contains oil. A thick, smooth green liquid is bottled and sold at around 30 shekels a bottle. The dry pulp that remains is used as fuel for stoves or as animal fodder.

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)

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