Salah Mustapha HAMMOUDI
in his olive tree orchard near the settlement of Ariel. His olive
tress have been cut in order to make way for the eventual security
barrier. His family owned about ten acres with around 500 olive
trees. Today he is only able to harvest his olive crop from five
trees. The Jewish settlers prevent him from picking the olives from
the trees that surround their settlement. "With our olive trees,
we can live 1000 years without working -- without them, we will not be
able to survive," says Mr. Hammoudi.
The settlement of Ariel
is 20 km inside the West Bank. The Sharon government had originally
planned to build the separation wall around Ariel and a few other
settlements thereby incorporating them into Israel. The American
government has threatened to reduce financial aid to Israel if the
Israeli government proceeds with this plan. For Mr. Hammoudi there is
no doubt that Israel will eventually get what it wants.