World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Tired and Cold Farmers Held Without Food-Shelter

Tired and Cold Farmers Held Without Food or Shelter

[Jayyous , Qalqilya Region, West Bank] At 6pm this evening in Jayyous, farmers coming home from harvesting olives were detained by the Israeli military. They are being prevented from passing through the South Gate in the "Separation Wall" and returning to the village from their land.

Seven farmers, including one elderly man, have been detained since 6pm without food, adequate clothing, or shelter. One soldier claimed this is "as punishment", and told volunteers from the International Solidarity Movement present that the farmers will be held until the names of those who damaged the gate earlier today have been provided.

Four international volunteers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom will sleep at the gate and monitor the situation until the farmers are released.

Local farmers fear that such collective punishments signal a new trend. As one farmer has said, speaking anonymously: "Cages are for animals, not for people. Olive trees are important to our culture and economy. This Wall has created many problems for us and we are afraid that this year we will not be able to harvest our olives. What will we do if this happens?"

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Swing States: Gordon Campbell On Why The US Needs MMP

After the bizarre events this week in Helsinki, the world will be hoping and praying that the US midterm elections in November can put a restraining brake on the presidency of Donald Trump. This may happen, but there’s a highly undemocratic reason why such hopes may be frustrated. More>>


putin, trump scalpGordon Campbell: On The White House Romance With Russia

Tough on Europe over trade, at the G-7. Tough on Europe over defence, at NATO. And utterly smitten as usual by Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On This Week’s NATO Debacle

For someone routinely cast as a clown presiding over an administration in chaos, Donald Trump has been very consistent about his agenda, and remarkably successful in achieving it, in the short term at least. More>>


NZ Law Society: Rule Of Law Threatened In Nauru

“The recently enacted Administration of Justice Act 2018 is another clear sign of the deterioration of civil rights in Nauru,” the Law Society’s Rule of Law Committee convenor Austin Forbes QC says. More>>


'Fixing' Family Separation: Executive Order Imprisons Families Indefinitely

Amnesty: President Trump signed an executive order today mandating for children to stay with their parents in detention while their asylum claims are processed. More>>