My land is two km north-west of the village of al-Mughayir. The outpost Adei Ad was built about one km south of it. It is a twenty dunam plot. Ten dunams belong to me, and ten belong to my brother JN. We bought it in 1962 from a Palestinian from Qaryut, I have the deeds. In 1970 we planted two hundred olive trees, one hundred each. My brother also has twenty fig trees. The area is called Shoumis abu Loumis.
Before the outpost Adei Ad was built, we went to our plot every day. Since the outpost was built, the settlers started threatening and harassing us, and we’re afraid to go there without coordinating with the DCO. Nowadays, we go twice a year to plow and harvest, and only after coordinating with the DCO. This year, after coordinating with the Palestinian and Israeli DCOs, we can harvest for three-four days starting October 29, 2019.
On Thursday October 15, 2009 I was harvesting olives on my plot by my house, at noon my nephews AN and YN called me and told me that settlers were harvesting olives on my plot. AN told me to go to Sha’ar Binyamin Police right a way and file a complaint. I got there at 3 pm, met the investigator who took my testimony and gave me a receipt.
While I was at the station, two settlers were brought in, one of them was tall and had his legs shackled and the second settler was shorter and looked very young. The investigator said: “These are the settlers and the four sacks are your olives which they harvested, and you will get them.” I asked the police to go to my plot, but they told me to go on the date we coordinated so that we wouldn’t have problems. The harvest was only on my plot, not my brother’s.
On Thursday October 15, 2009 at 11 am I was home. The landowner from the neighboring plot called my brother AN and told him that settlers were harvesting the olives on our plot. My brother called me, he wasn’t in the village, and told me what had happened and told me to take a camera and go over and film. I took a camera with me and walked over to the plot, so I wouldn’t be seen. I got about half a kilometer away from the plot and began filming, they didn’t see me.
What I saw was two young men, one tall man wearing a red shirt and a hat, and the second was shorter wearing a dark brown shirt. They were harvesting our olives and putting them into a big sack; then they divided that sack into two smaller sacks, which they loaded into a white car parked on the path. They filled another sack, which they divided into two sacks and put that in the car too. I was in touch with my brother, and he was in touch with Yesh Din and a DCO officer.
When the settlers saw the army and the DCO, they ran to the car to load the two remaining sacks and tried to run away, and then the soldiers turned on the siren and a loudspeaker and instructed them to stop. The settlers stopped and the soldiers removed them from the car and spoke to them. The army and the DCO photographed them and the olive sacks and the trees. Ten minutes after the army arrived, my brother arrived and I left.
On Thursday October 15, 2009 at 11 am I was in Ramallah. My cousin, who works for me, farming my land, called me and told me that two settlers were harvesting the olives on RN’s plot. I told my cousin not to talk to anyone in order to avoid clashes and I called my brother YN and told him to take a camera and go film the settlers. My brother did what I asked him to do, and called me from the plot and told me what he was seeing and that he was filming them harvesting. I called Yesh Din and the DCO. The DCO officer told me he’d send a vehicle and asked where the plot was exactly.
At around 1 pm, they arrived. I got there at 1:15 pm and saw the soldiers and the DCO standing by the setters’ car, talking to them. Two soldiers came up to me and asked me whether I informed them, and I said yes. They said, “See, we caught them, and you can go now.” The DCO officer told me to stay because the police might come and want to ask me for some details. I called my uncle, who owns the plot, and told him to go to the police to file a complaint, and he did.
A jeep arrived with a police officer, but he refused to take the settlers until two other police jeeps arrived, about an hour later, and then they put them into the police car and took them away, and I left. Today I brought the footage I took and gave testimony at the Binyamin Police.