Just the Facts: Olive Trees
- Since 1967 between 800,000 and 2 million Palestinian olive trees have been uprooted by Israeli authorities.
- Palestinians lose US $12.3 million each year due to uprooted olive trees.
- Around 100,000 households rely on olives for their primary income.
- Olive production accounted for 57% of cultivated land in the Palestinian territories with 7.8 million fruit-bearing olive trees.
- In 2014, an estimated 108,000 tonnes of olives were pressed producing 24,700 tonnes of olive oil.
- During the 2020 harvest there were 39 incidents in which settlers attacked Palestinian harvesters, blocked their access to their own olive groves, stole crops, and damaged trees and farming equipment.
- Settlers mutilated more than 500 olive trees altogether.
- They stole a total of about 20,000 kilos of olives.
- The total number of trees uprooted, burned, or chemically poisoned by the settlers since 2010 have reached 101,988, accounting for losses of $47 million.
- More than 8,400 olive trees were uprooted or burned in 2020.
This week’s Just the Facts comes from:
- “Uprooted” infographic from Visualizing Palestine.
- “2020 olive harvest – another year of severe, state-backed settler violence” from B’Tselem.
- “Punishing Palestinian farmers by uprooting olive trees” from Anadolu Agency.