18 October 2008
An annual Palestinian harvest means trouble in the occupied territories. Robert Berger reports from the VOA bureau in Jerusalem.
It was the latest in a series of attempts by militant settlers to disrupt the annual olive harvest which is vital to the Palestinian economy. Israeli police intervened and broke up the brawl. There were no serious injuries and the settlers were allowed to walk away.
Palestinian parliamentarian Moustafa Barghouti was there.
"Palestinian villagers are encountering a terrible
war by the Israeli illegal settlers and the Israeli army against their
trees, against their land," he said. "We are here to help them in a
peaceful, non-violent resistance to maintain their land."
The settlers say disrupting the olive harvest is a legitimate response to repeated Palestinian vandalism and attacks.