The IDF Spokesman and the spokesman of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced that the IDF, the Civil Administration and the Israel Police are preparing for the olive harvest season in Judea and Samaria which will begin in October and continue until December.

Date: 27.09.10    

As part of the deployment, preparatory meetings were held between representatives from the Civil Administration and their Palestinian colleagues including delegates from the different villages and senior official from the olive oil industry. The objective of these meetings was to coordinate a schedule for the harvest. In addition, the security forces conducted a situation assessment and approved the plans for holding the harvest during which security of the harvesters will be constantly maintained with proper measures.

The IDF and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories view the smooth performance of the harvest a moral imperative of the highest degree and acknowledge the economic and moral value of the harvest for the Palestinian residents of Judea and SamariaJudea and Samariaregions. In light of this, they will act in order to enable the completion of the olive harvest down to the last olive.

The security forces will be deployed throughout the area in order to prevent harm to the olive groves or to the harvesters themselves. In general, there will be no need for coordination of the harvest with IDF or Civil Administration officials in most of the harvest area in Judea and Samaria, however as a result of lessons from previous years and because of security needs, a limited number of areas will require advance coordination with IDF and Civil Administration personnel.

In addition, other harvest sites will be closed to Israelis in order to prevent friction. Representatives from the Civil Administration, the IDF and the Israel Police Force will also be deployed in these areas in order to properly handle any unusual events.

As in previous years, the widespread participation of Israeli and international aid organizations is expected during Palestinian harvest activity.. Representatives of the Civil Administration will meet with the different organizations to finalize the procedures and principles of their activities during the harvest season. The authorities acknowledge the wish of various Israeli groups to contribute to the Palestinian efforts during the harvest.

The IDF, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the Israel Police will continue to operate in order to allow the Palestinian population to lead an optimal life style while maintaining ongoing security operations and while preserving the security of the citizens of the State of Israel throughout Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.