Farmers Resilience against Israeli Oppression

Farmers Resilience against Israeli Oppression
The harassment series of the farmers of Wadi Qana began in 1976 when the Civil Administration Officer handed the farmers notifications to come forward to the headquarters of the Civil Administration in Tulkarm. The farmers were ordered to issue special permits to allow them access to the wadi and their own lands. Completely rejected by the farmers the order was confronted by requests to the residents of the village of Deir Istiya to camp in the wadi. Marked as a success the Officer withdrew his decision after the large opposition.

In 1982 Yousef Mustafa Mansur, a farmer and resident in Wadi Qana, had his home demolished by the Israeli Army accompanied by the Israeli Civil Administration on the pretext that it was constructed on confiscated land. In 1990 the farmer rebuilt a brick room topped with a tin ceiling which was demolished for the second time by the Israeli forces.

As an example of the repeated attacks against Palestinian citizens in the area, a group of settlers attacked Khader Ahmad Mansour, 76 years old, when he tried to stop them from uprooting olive trees from his land. They beat him with a stone on his face, fracturing his nose. 

Mohammed Abdel-Fattah Zidane, 75 years old, is one of the resilient farmers in Wadi Qana. He has lived in the wadi since the day he was born. Today, he owns a herd of sheep and some dunums of olive trees and lives in a cave as the Israeli forces prevent him from building a decent home. According to Mohammad, settlers have threatened him many times to leave the wadi but he strongly refuses.

Among the repeated attacks two settlers, heavily armed and riding horses, attacked the family of Bilal Khader Mansour when he was walking with his wife and children in their land after refusing to obey and leave their land. The farmers went to register a complaint, with support of human rights associations, at the Israeli police center in the settlement of Ariel supported with physical evidence of the abuse "pictures of the settlers raising their gun at the children", but the police did not take any action.