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The olive harvest in the West Bank
© ICRC // Photo: Andrea and Magda / 2011

The month of October marked the start of the olive harvest in the West Bank. This annual event represents a festive family affair for thousands of Palestinian farmers working side by side to delicately pick olives from the trees. Olive groves make up about 40 per cent of all cultivated land in the West Bank. 
 
Restrictions are imposed on Palestinian farmers' access to land in certain areas of the West bank mainly between the West Bank Barrier and the Green Line and in the vicinity of Israeli settlements. Restricted access, limited to a few hours a day, impedes the regular maintenance of the groves and undermines their productivity. In addition, burning of crops and uprooting of trees in some of the areas close to Israeli settlements, has led to tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers and to further restrictions for Palestinians to access their land.
 
The ICRC’s priority is to ensure Palestinian farmers' access to their fields during the harvest, but also to carry out other agricultural activities such as ploughing, weeding, and pruning of olive groves in order to keep up the productivity for the harvests to come.


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ICRC staff visits farmers in the Anin enclave, in Jenin Area, to get an update on the olive harvest. The farmers have limited access to their land located in the seam zone (between the West Bank barrier and the Green line). They received a 3 month permission from the IDF to pass the Anin gate to pick olives.
Andrea & Magda Photographers
 
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A woman delicately picks olives from an olive tree near the Innav Checkpoint in Tulkarem. The process is lengthy and involves the whole family. Each member has a role to play in this timeless traditional activity. Murad Salman's family, from RaminVillage, Tulkarem, have 5 dunums of olive trees next to the Innav checkpoint in Tulkarem. However, 40 dunums of olive trees, located near the Innav settlement, are off limits.
Andrea & Magda Photographers
 
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Anin gate, Jenin. A farmer returns from the harvest using a donkey to carry the fruits of his labour. Since the land is located in the seam zone, the farmers need permission from the IDF to enter and exit the gate and only during the limited opening hours. 
Andrea & Magda Photographers
 

 
 
 
© ICRC/ Iyad Al Baba
 
+ Artificial Limbs & Polio Center - Gaza
 
The Artificial Limbs and Polio Centre (ALPC) was established in 1974 and until 1980 it consisted of a small unit within the Ahli Arab hospital. In September 1985, the center moved into its current location.
Founded by the Benevolent Society for the Gaza strip, the centre gained full recognition by the Municipality of Gaza in May 1999. It is the only center of its kind in Gaza that provides Prosthetic and Orthotic services to all.
The Artificial Limb and Polio Centre is both a non-governmental and non-profit organization.
In 2010, the ALPC provided free services to over 2,800 people.

 
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+ Back to Normal Life.. Step by step
 
Tala'at Annajar (51 years old from Khan Younis/Gaza) lost his leg due to receiving a gunfire injury in January 2009. As a result, Annajar lost his primary job as a taxi driver and depended on humanitarian assistance. The staff members at the Artificial Limb and Polio Center in Gaza assessed his case, provided him with prothesis, and started with rehabilitation exercises by the ICRC physiotherapists at the center in order to get back to his normal life.
In addition, the ICRC will assist Annajar with a grant in order to start a small business which will help him earn a decent living for his family.

 
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