The Olive Harvest In Ni’lin Village 17.10.2010… The Punishment Continues

Since the building of the apartheid wall on our lands, which started 27.05.2008, Israel has prevented us from reaching our lands. Last week Israel issued 50 permits for the first time for people to go on the other side of the wall to harvest the olive trees. More than 2000 people who are in need of permits in order to harvest their land were denied access to their land. My family and I are among those 2000 people who didn’t get a permit. It is all just to punish us.

When the people went to harvest their olive trees on the other side of the wall they had to wait for the soldiers for two hours until they came and opened the gate and the farmers were allowed in. It is an insult to our lives because before the wall was built we easily reached our land any time we wanted to. Since the Israeli occupation constructed this wall we need to apply for permits which are very difficult to get. Those few who did get them received them only for a limited time of five days. 

After the farmers reached their lands, which is full of weeds and waste, they were surprised to see that the settlers and the soldiers put Israeli flags on the olive trees, stole and burned many olive trees. Only few trees, around 10 to 20, are still fine. The farmers were sad and depressed. Additionally, the farmers were confronted by the wild boars, which the Israelis release on our land in order to frighten us. One year ago, one man got hit by a boar during the olive harvest in Ni’lin and broke his back. When the permits were issued, the farmers were looking forward to see their land again, but once they reached their land, they wished they hadn’t  seen this destruction.


About Saeed Amireh

My name is Saeed Ibrahim Amireh, I am 18 years old and I have been born and raised in Ni'lin, in the Westbank. During the summertime, I love to sleep on the rooftop of our house. When I see the beautiful stars, I dream to travel to far away places and meet people from all over the world. I can see the Mediterranean Sea from our roof. Often, I imagine what it is like to be at the beach and see the sun go down. I have never been to the sea because Israel does not allow us to go there. One week before the final exams in 12th grade, Israeli soldiers raided our house in the middle of the night, locked the whole family but me in a room, beat me, destroyed my room and arrested me. I was in jail for 4 months. They kept me in a small cell in complete darkness, with mice and cockroaches everywhere. They beat, threatened, and interrogated me constantly. To this date I know nothing about why they even arrested me, other than to punish my father for his non-violent activity in the "Popoular Committee Against The Wall". I've always dreamt to study and become a communication engineer. But since my father is in jail, me and my older brother have to work and take care of our mother and our small siblings. I miss my father so much, I would give anything for him to be free. But I am not even allowed to go and visit him in jail. Only my mother is allowed; she could go visit him for the first time after he was imprisoned for 4 months. Like all the villagers of Ni'lin, I wish I could taste the flavour of freedom just once.
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7 Responses to The Olive Harvest In Ni’lin Village 17.10.2010… The Punishment Continues

  1. Miri barak says:

    Dear Saeed – it is an excellent movie and I think that putting “Hatikva” at the end of it is brilliant. Yes, now it is your hope (Tikva) to live freely in your country and land. We have been abusing our hymn since we established Israel.
    The pictrues of your village people on their donkeys, waiting for the soldiers for two hours and later their broken heart after they saw what has been done to their trees brought tears to my eyes, anger at my country for doing this to you, and the understanding that the soldiers do not realize what a cruel and unfair regime they are implementing.
    I do hope this will end soon – and till then I support your struggle and pray for you and your father.
    Yours, Miri

    • Saeed Amireh says:

      Thank you so much my friend miri.
      i hope everything will have an end soon and israel leave us alone to life with a real peace one day inshallah.
      its not your fault.but me and you and many other palestinians and israelis can make the change and also with the whole international people

      freedom will come

  2. Miika says:


    May you have the strength to continue under the continuing injustice of the occupation.

    Check out the latest new, finally in the Israeli media (false testimonies after days of interrogation were used to accuse people of Ni’lin for things that never happened):

    • Saeed Amireh says:

      hi miika,its nice to see you here my friend (^_^)
      we will continue until the last breath until we succeed to reach the freedom.
      thank you so much my friend for this article.
      yes i know that from the begining and the two crazy guys who admit about ahmed here are the same guys who admit about my father and mr.hassan mousa and zaydoon srour too.
      i told you this before and i wrote this in the blog too.
      but i dont think that the people who saw ((our story)) beleived me.but now this can prove what i was talking about

  3. Krister Rehn says:

    Marrhaba saeed!
    Fight on man, you have friends in Sweden…And we are fighting for you and your people in Ghaza!
    I was downthere in the ruins 1984, before the wall, it was not good at that time, but now…….Allah/God bless you all! whith greatings from the cold north!

    • Saeed Amireh says:

      thank you so much krister.

      yes we are sending our regards to all of you our friends in sweden 🙂
      god bless you all.
      good work my friend and keep up the high work for palestine.
      i wish you can come to visit us agains here soon in our village ni’lin in the west bank. and you are so welcome too.
      we welcom everyone and we tell everyone that ni’lin is like your home 🙂

      best regards krister

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