The Importance Of The Agriculture Industry In Palestine

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The agriculture industry in Palestine is crucial to the economy, and is the pillar of their food security. However, the agriculture industry in Palestine is being controlled and restricted by the Israeli government. Israel continues to use the Palestinian agriculture as a means to inflict collective punishment on the Palestinian people to confiscate more land in the Occupied Territories’ (OT). Israel continues to confiscate Palestinian agricultural land and aquifers by denying Palestinian civilians access to their crops and their harvest (UN General Assembly, 2014). The Palestinian land had even been inundated with waste water (UN General Assembly, 2014). Israeli has occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan since the Six-Day War …show more content…
The olive tree has become a part of the Palestinian identity in that the trees have become a symbol of nationalism, and even a place to hide to strike the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) (Bennet, 2001). On the other hand, the olive tree has become a way for the Israeli settlers to attack the Palestinians. That is the Israeli settlers have realized the importance of the olive tree on Palestinian identity, and also their economic livelihood, so some Israelis see the olive tree as a way to strike at the …show more content…
For instance, one olive tree will usually fill up a 110-pound sack, then a mill will split open the sack to wash, pit, and crush the olives for their liquid, then a centrifuge will pull the oil apart from the water (Bennet, 2001). After one more refining process the oil will fill a 4.5 gallon jug that usually is sold for about fifty dollars (Bennet, 2001). The farmers also use the ‘cake,’ which is a by-product of olive production to feed their animals, and/or to fertilize the trees. Also, they use the leaves to for fuel and for fertilizers. Unfortunately, the oil produced by most Palestinian farmers, and from the Palestinian mills are not reaching any buyers. Now, the Palestinian people are no longer are to make a living the same way past generations

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